The action scenes are a bit of a misfire, but this is a solid Vidor entry with Gilbert showing off his ease at playing the leading man. He was in a rarefied class in the era, along with Barrymore and Fairbanks, and is instantly likable once onscreen. Vidor & Gilbert did better w/ Big Parade, but this is a good period piece. D'Arcy plays the contemptible cad with aplomb. Good silent, thought lost but found. 3.5 stars
Fantastic John Gilbert vehicle from director King Vidor. A womanizer takes a bet to woo the daughter of a possible traitor to the king and takes on the identity of a dead rebel only to regret it. Gilbert is dynamic here giving a performance of note while delivering on the swashbuckling nature of the genre as well. The action set piece set around an execution holds up brilliantly even 90 years later. Worth a watch.
Great fun. Gilbert's light touch was never put to better use -- he's immensely appealing here. As tasty as it is, it has to be admitted that it strains a bit when it goes for some Fairbanksian acrobatics that just don't really come off, but that's a quibble. Watch and enjoy.