Starring Rod La Rocque and Phyllis Haver
November 1927

While they regard this picture as more or less off the so-called beaten path, the New York critics do not, for the most part, hand it any great degree of praise. Neither do they go out of their way to knock it. Rod La Rocque gives a good performance, the reviewers believe. Joseph McElliott, the Mirror's critic, states that the film, laid as it is in a "costume" period, is done in the manner of vehicles produced for the late Valentino. "Nor is Rod La Rocque a mean successor to the former peer of the cinema romanticists . . ." says Mr. McElliott. The World states that "Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's semi-historical tale of the Napoleonic times has been made into an intelligent and amusing, though not overly exciting, film . . . The presence in the cast of Phyllis Haver and Rod La Rocque helps enormously to buoy up a not very substantial nor believable story . . . Following the recent movie tendancey toward taking nothing too seriously . . . the director and his chief players run through the fiilm, playing it with a lightness which at times becomes a trifle too obvious." Several of the reviewers find that the picture is somewhat drawn out, and John S. Cohen, Jr., the Sun's critic, has this to say: "Much of it is amusing in a Fairbanksian-swashbuckling way, and the central character (La Rocque), with his Munchausen bragging, is good film material. Yet somehow or other interest and humor seem to die gradually in the last few reels of the film . . . The production is expensive-looking and far above the average made by its producing concern. However, as previously stated, its head droops, and its sense of humor weakens before it winds up its affairs." As to Phyllis Haver, the critics are divided. Some believe she is miscast, and others think she gives a very good performance.

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