Cast & Crew
Tote Du Crow
At first reluctant to leave New York and accept a job as the manager of the American Mining Company located in the South American country of Paragonia, Blaze Derringer changes his mind as soon as he meets Juana de Castalar, the beautiful daughter of Paragonia's president. When he arrives in Paragonia, however, Derringer discovers that Juana is being held prisoner in her home by Salza Espada, the usurping war minister, while her father awaits his death in a seaside jail. Juana tries to send Derringer coded messages for help, but he, too, has been arrested by Espada. To secure his release, Derringer agrees to make a public announcement that Juana and Espada are to marry at ten o'clock and that the mines will be reopened under Espada's control. Once free, Derringer executes a bold last-minute rescue of Presidente Castalar and helps to thwart the coup attempt and reinstate Castalar. From the palace balcony, Derringer announces to the crowd below his commitment to reopen the mines as well as his engagement to Señorita Juana.
Tote Du Crow
While shooting in Tijuana, Mexico, Douglas Fairbanks and the film crew were arrested by Mexican soldiers, but were not told why. It turned out that the soldiers belonged to one of the militias fighting each other for control of Mexico during the Mexican revolution; being short of money, they thought that the American movie company would pay to have their star and crew released. After payment of an appropriate "fine", the film crew packed up, dashed back across the border and resumed filming in San Diego.
This film was re-issued on June 15, 1920 by Hallmark Pictures Corp. Chadwick Pictures released American Pluck, based on the same source, in 1925. Richard Stanton directed and George Walsh starred in this version. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.0117.)