Paramount gave their newest star, an adolescent Douglas Fairbanks Jr., every advantage in his film
debut. As support, young Fairbanks had some of the best talent from the studio's stock company,
including renowned scene-stealer Theodore Roberts and Harry Myers, who had recently impressed in
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. The young actor himself received polite notices for his
performance as Stephen Harlow Jr., who fails a class in Turkish history, and, as a result, can't
graduate from college. His irate father, Stephen Sr. (Roberts), who has endowed the college, sends his
boy to Turkey to learn some history firsthand and fires the professor, Mr. Gilman (James O. Barrows).
When he discovers that professor Gilman has been discharged, Stephen Jr. becomes determined to
get him his job back -- but first he gets involved in a Turkish revolution, led by the villainous Muley
Pasha (Noah Beery Sr.), and rescues the sultan's son (Pat Moore). For his heroic acts, Stephen Jr.
receives the Grand Cross of the Crescent, and he sends it to Gilman, claiming that it is for books he
wrote on Turkish history. The college, seeing that Gilman is a man of prominence and distinction,
reinstates him, and Stephen returns home to a proud father. This film was based on Richard Harding
Davis' adventure story The Grand Cross of the Crescent.
Plot Synopsis by Janiss Garza, AllMovie.com
|Directed by: Joseph Henabery
Written by: Edfrid A. Bingham
Based on the story by Richard Harding Davis
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Stephen Harlow Jr.
Theodore Roberts ... Stephen Harlow Sr.
Noah Beery ... Muley Pasha
Harry Myers ... Harry Stetson
Frank Currier ... Dr. Lyman Black
James O. Barrows ... Prof. Gilman
Fanny Midgley ... Mrs. Gilman (as Fannie Midgley)
Bertram Johns ... Virgil Smythe
George Field ... Osman
Maurice Freeman ... Rustem
Fred Warren ... The Sultan
Pat Moore ... The Sultan's son
Jack Herbert ... Secretary
Frank Nelson ... Hotel proprietor
Churchill Ross ... (uncredited)
Produced and Released by: Paramount Pictures
Presenters: William Elliott & Jesse L. Lasky
Cinematography by: Faxon M. Dean
Length: 6 Reels
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Released: November 29, 1923