During World War I, filmmaking in America was growing in sophistication while motion picture production in England and Europe suffered. As a result, pictures like this English-made period drama, which were made around the time of the war's end, looked woefully old-fashioned when they crossed the Atlantic. This film has a solid pedigree, however -- it's based on a stage play made famous by Sir Henry Irving, and it stars his son, H.B. Irving, in the dual lead role. Jacques Lesurques, a French gentleman of the early 19th century (Irving) bears a close resemblance to Dubosc, a criminal who heads a gang of thieves (also Irving). The finances of the Lesurques family are dwindling and Dubosc robs a coach and arranges it so that it looks like Jacques is the culprit. The hapless Jacques is arrested and sentenced to the guillotine, while Dubosc gloats over the situation. Dubosc's wife, Jannette (Nancy Price), is conscience-stricken so she goes to the authorities and reveals her husband's scheme. Jacques is saved and Dubosc is executed.
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