This elaborately staged silent picturization of the Alexander Dumas novel was made under the auspices of a production company belonging to Louis J. Gasnier -- yes, the same man who, later in his career, directed Reefer Madness. Before it came to the screen, Dumas' tale had also been a stage play, and apparently this version (as opposed to the 1942 picture starring Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.) had more in common with the play than the book. The plot is distilled to its barest essentials -- the two brothers, Fabien and Louis Dei Franchi (both played by manly Dustin Farnum) have a psychic connection and both fall for the same girl, the flirtatious Emilie de Lesparre (Winifred Kingston). Louis follows her to Paris and earns the enmity of the wicked Chateu Renaud (Wedgewood Nowell). They fight a duel in which Louis is killed. Back home, Fabien feels his brother's fatal wound, and comes to Paris to avenge his death. When Fabien duels Renaud, he comes out the victor and wins Emilie's hand -- which isn't difficult, since she has loved him all along.
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