starring Wallace Reid and Lila Lee
February, 1920

I don't care for this, in comparison to Wallace Reid's recent vehicles, but his must not be a gainsaying of certain merits that the piece possesses, of Wallace Reid's jovial, reckless abilities, or of Paramount's very fine production. It simply does not measure up to the very high standard Reid's producers have set for him and themselves in the last few months. Douglas Fairbanks played it on the stage, invested it with his indisputable charm and his inimitable personality, and probably would have played it a lot better in pictures. At least, it would have been a lot better for Fairbanks than the things he has done of late. James Cruze has also much better directing -- that is to say, he has been more adroit, more subtle, and more original. As a straight-running version of the escapades of that impertinent young American who breaks the back of a revolution, and permits the people to have a republic only after he has made them permit him to have his princess, Mr. Cruze's effort is a rapid, freehand succession of brisk sketches. Lila Lee, as Princess Irma, is the old Lila Lee of much attempt and small accomplishment, rather than the infinitely quaint and charming -- the new Lila Lee discovered by Cecil DeMille in "Male and Female." Such fine actors as Tully Marshall, Edwin Stevens, and Theodore Roberts, and such an interesting young person as Harrison Ford, are to be found in the cast.

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