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Arms and the Girl
Director: Joseph Kaufman (Dir)
Release Date:   8 Oct 1917
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Cast: Billie Burke  (Ruth Sherwood)
  Thomas Meighan  (Wilfred Ferrers)
  Louise Bates  (Olga Karnovitch)

Summary: At the outbreak of World War I, American Ruth Sherwood is stranded in the Belgian village of Beaupre. After Olga Karnovitch, a Russian spy eager to leave because of the advancing Germans, steals Ruth's passport, Ruth is taken into custody by the Germans. Among them she recognizes Eugene, formerly a head waiter in New York, who intercedes on Ruth's behalf, saving her from a death sentence. Later, when Wilfred Ferrers, a fellow American staying at Ruth's hotel, is sentenced to death because the Germans believe him to be a Russian spy, Ruth intervenes by attesting that he is her fiancĂ©. The sentimental German general then orders the burgomaster to marry the pair immediately. Soon after, Ruth's fiancĂ© Jack Martin arrives and reproaches Ruth for her actions. His insensitivity forces Ruth to realize that her love for Martin has died. As Ferrers and Ruth make a thrilling escape from the occupied village, both discover that they really love each other. 

Distribution Company: Paramount Pictures Corp.
Production Company: Famous Players Film Co.
Director: Joseph Kaufman (Dir)
Writer: Charles E. Whittaker (Scen)

Subject Major: Americans in foreign countries
  Marriage--Forced by circumstances
  World War I
Subject Minor: Belgium

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