For Valour (1917 film)

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For Valour
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Directed by Albert Parker
Written byRobert Shirley
Based onMelia No-good by I.A.R. Wylie
Produced by Allan Dwan
Starring Winifred Allen
Richard Barthelmess
Mabel Ballin
Cinematography Roy Vaughn
Distributed byTriangle Distributing
Release date
November 25, 1917
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States
Languages Silent
English intertitles

For Valour is a 1917 American silent war drama film directed by Albert Parker and starring Winifred Allen, Richard Barthelmess and Mabel Ballin. [1] The film was produced and distributed by Triangle Films and shot at the company's New York studios. It was based on a short story by I.A.R. Wylie which originally appeared in the Good Housekeeping magazine.



Canada, 1917. After discovering that her brother has stolen cash from his employer, his sister Melia steals money from the star of the theatre where she works. She pays off his debts but in exchange he agrees to enlist in the Canadian Army and fight in World War I. Melia is then enlisted and send to prison for theft, and is disowned by her father, after refusing to explain why she took the money. When her brother returns home from France minus an arm but bearing the Victoria Cross he has been awarded for bravery, she feels the sacrifice she has made has been worth it.


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  1. Lombardi p.335