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The Man Who Came Back

The son of a wealthy merchant fakes his own death to join up, but his heroic act at the Front is wrongly attributed to his cowardly cousin.

1914 14 mins

Overview

Dramas in the early days of WWI often focused on individual acts of heroism, as they had during the Boer War era. With little aesthetic or dramatic progression since those early reconstructions, The Man Who Came Back seems, in some ways, a pale imitation of AEW Mason's The Four Feathers. But the plot introduces an interesting class angle, with the hero condemning the irresponsible upper classes.