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The Nation's Peril
Director: George Terwilliger (Dir)
Release Date:   22 Nov 1915
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Cast: Ormi Hawley  (Ruth Lyons)
  William H. Turner  (Admiral Lyons)
  Earl Metcalfe  (Lieutenant Sawyer)
 

Summary: Ruth Lyons, the granddaughter of a U.S. Navy Admiral, advocates a program of "peace at any price" and strongly opposes the invention of an aerial torpedo by her fiancĂ© Lieutenant Sawyer. Disguised as a socialite, foreign spy Oswald Dudley courts Ruth with the intention of using her connections to secure plans for the new weapon. Playing on her fear of war, Dudley convinces Ruth that her fiancĂ© has devised an odious tool that should be destroyed at any cost. Ruth breaks off her engagement and hands over the torpedo plans, at which point Oswald reveals himself as the enemy. Outraged at the entrapment, Ruth struggles to regain the plans and mortally stabs the spy with her father's sword. Steaming into the area is a fleet of foreign war ships, but Ruth alerts Sawyer and the rest of the Newport naval officers in time to employ the torpedo and defeat the enemy. 

Distribution Company: V-L-S-E, Inc.
Production Company: Lubin Mfg Co.
Director: George Terwilliger (Dir)
Writer: Harry Chandlee (Scen)
  George Terwilliger (Scen)

Subject Major: Pacifism and pacifists
  Secret plans
  Spies
  United States. Navy
 
Subject Minor: Battleships
  Impersonation and imposture
  Inventions
  Officers (Military)
  Newport (RI)
  Self-defense
  Torpedoes

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