A German ace, his life was saved by his gallant enemy- He cast the bread upon the waters of life and was repaid an hundred fold- a great picture. (Print ad- Ogdensburg Advance and St. Lawrence Sunday Democrat, ((Ogdensburg, NY)) 28 October 1928)
Captain Swagger flies a SPAD with Hat in the Ring markings of the Escadrille Lafayette (but with a rudely positioned hand added. Von Stahl flies what appears to be a Fokker DVII with markings of a snake squashing the Hat. See more »
"Captain Swagger" is a late silent film that has slipped into the public domain. Considering how inconsequential the movie is, I can understand why its copyright was allowed to expire.
Then the film begins, it's World War I and Hugh Drummond (Rod La Rocque) is a devil-may-care pilot. During one engagement with the infamous German ace, Van Stahl, one ends up saving the life of the other through some stupid sense of chivalry*. The war ends and Hugh has trouble establishing himself and makes a few bucks working for films doing stunt flying. He then meets a nice young lady who is also down on her luck. To win her, the audience things Drummond has resorted to a life of crime (the summary on IMDb is wrong about this by the way) and in the process meets his old nemesis Van Stahl--who really IS a crook. Drummond decides to help him straighten up his act and the film ends.
This is a very inconsequential film and the plot never makes much sense. It could have used more acting, a more complex script and a reason to watch it in the first place.
*I am so happy that Drummond and Van Stahl became buddies and looked on each other as comrades. This does seem ludicrous, however, in light of 17,000,000 dead.
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