~The Adventurer~
1920
~Plot Synopsis~
Don Caesar de Bazan (William Farnum) falls in love with Maritana (Estelle Taylor), when he sees her
dancing before Queen Isabel's court. But Prime Minister Don Jose (Paul Cazeneuve) has other plans
for the girl -- he wants to use her to compromise King Charles (Harry Southard), so that the queen
(Dorothy Drake) will fall into his hands. To further his plan, Don Jose has Don Caesar jailed for
dueling and tells Maritana he will be pardoned if she marries him. She readily complies, but the
Prime Minister just wanted her to have a title to make her more attractive to the king. After the
ceremony, he sends Don Caesar to be executed. The villain doesn't realize that a boy who Don Caesar
has befriended has loaded the soldier's guns with blanks. Don Caesar "miraculously" comes back to
life, exposes the Prime Minister's intrigues and wins the ministership (he's already won the girl). In
early 1920, nobody was much interested in costume dramas (rarely a popular medium in film, really),
so the trades tried to sell this picture -- based on a famous play, Don Caesar de Bazan), by E. Lloyd
Sheldon -- with its action quotient, which included a lot of swordplay. Of course, when Douglas
Fairbanks' The Mark of Zorro came out later in the year, this kind of swashbuckling adventure tale
became classic cinematic fare.

Plot Synopsis by Janiss Garza, AllMovie.com
Directed by: J. Gordon Edwards

Written by: E. Lloyd Sheldon
~Cast~

William Farnum ...  Don Caesar de Bazan
Estelle Taylor ...  Maritana
Paul Cazeneuve ...  Prime Minister Don Jose
Kenneth Casey ...  Lazarillo
Dorothy Drake ...  Queen Isabel
Harry Southard ...  King Charles II
Pat Hartigan ...  Captain of the Guards
James Devine ...  Marquis de Rotunda
Sadie Radcliffe ...  Marchioness de Rotunda
~Remaining Credits~

Produced & Released by: Fox Film Corporation

Cinematography by: John W. Boyle

Length: 6 Reels
Released: February, 1920
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