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Episode Details

(USA, 1919, Silent with Subtitles, b&w, Drama|Thriller|War)
Director: Irvin Willat (as Irvin V. Willat)
Writers: Gouverneur Morris (story), Luther Reed
Stars: Hobart Bosworth, Jane Novak, Wallace Beery
Legendary producer Thomas H. Ince and director Irvin V. Willat made this-"the most outspoken of all the vengeance films" according to film historian Kevin Brownlow-during the period of World War I-inspired American patriotism.
Hobart Bosworth stars as Oscar Krug, a working-class American, who is persecuted for his German ancestry after war is declared. Driven by patriotism, Krug enlists and goes to sea. However, tragedy strikes when his wife (Jane Novak) sneaks aboard his ship and is captured following a German U-boat attack. Krug's single-minded quest for vengeance against the sadistic German submarine commander (played with villainous fervor by Wallace Beery) leads to the film's shocking and brutal climax.

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