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In the Diplomatic Service Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Foreign powers keep getting their hands on U.S. military secrets, so the head of the American diplomatic corps calls in his nephew Dick Stansbury (Francis X. Bushman) to help. Stansbury knows that Doctor Montell (Henry Bergman) is at the bottom of this, so he poses as an inventor of an innovative aerial gun. This sparks the doctor's interest, and when they both attend a weekend party at the Ryerson estate, Montell tries to get Stansbury to sell the gun to his country. Stansbury gets his man by rigging the gun up to an electrical wire, which shocks Montell when he and his cohorts try to steal it. This was Bushman's first try at directing, and he clearly abused his new authority -- his unfortunate habit of posing comes to the fore, and his character drives a fancy car that's obviously a Bushman possession -- it even has the star's initials on the radiator! So intent was the matinee idol on his own glory that his co-star, and the film's love interest, Beverly Bayne was pretty much relegated to the background. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi

  • Release date:October 16, 1916

Cast

Francis X. Bushman
as Dick Stansbury
Henry Bergman
as Dr. Montell
Helen Dunbar
as Mrs. Ryerson
William B. Davidson
as Lynn Hardi
Edmund Elton
as Major Blaine
Henry Bergman
as Dr. Montell
Edmund Elton
as Major Blaine
Francis X. Bushman
as Dick Stansbury
William B. Davidson
as Lynn Hardi
Helen Dunbar
as Mrs. Ryerson

Crew

Francis X. Bushman
Director
Francis X. Bushman
Screenwriter
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