Her Country's Call

Her Country's Call is a 1917 American silent drama film directed by Lloyd Ingraham. The film is the final installment in a series a films written by Abraham Lincoln impersonator Benjamin Chapin.[1]

Her Country's Call
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Directed byLloyd Ingraham
Written byBenjamin Chapin
Charles T. Dazey (scenario)
StarringMary Miles Minter
Distributed byMutual Film
Release date
  • October 1, 1917 (1917-10-01) (United States)
Running time
50 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

The film starred Mary Miles Minter, George Periolat, and Allan Forrest. The film's writer, Benjamin Chapin, also appeared as Abraham Lincoln. It is presumed to be a lost film.[1]


Jess Slocum (Minter) is a mountain girl who was stolen as a baby by moonshiner Jim. She was raised to hate America, but is now taken in by Captain Earle Neville when Jim is sent to jail. Earle takes care of Jess, who is wounded, but she is afraid of her new surroundings and soon runs back to the mountain. On her way back, she overhears a group of Mexicans planning to destroy the nearby camp. She rushes back to warn them and is declared a hero. Jim confesses that Jess is the daughter of Confederate Army Colonel Tremaine. He had taken revenge on the Colonel when he was thrown out of the camp. Jess is reunited with her father and falls in love with Earle.[2][3]



Like many American films of the time, Her Country's Call was subject to cuts by city and state film censorship boards. The Chicago Board of Censors required a cut of the scenes of selling whiskey to an Indian and the shooting of a guard.[4]


  1. Reinhart, Mark S. (2008). Abraham Lincoln On Screen: Fictional and Documentary Portrayals on Film and Television (2 ed.). McFarland. p. 107. ISBN 0-786-43536-4.
  2. "Movie Reviews". Nytimes.com. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 17, 2011. Retrieved September 7, 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 5 (17): 33. October 20, 1917.
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