Soldiers of Fortune (1919 film)

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Soldiers of Fortune
Soldiers of Fortune (1919) - Kerry & Nilsson 2.jpg
Film still with Norman Kerry and Anna Q. Nilsson
Directed by Allan Dwan
Produced by Mayflower Photoplay Company
Written by Allan Dwan
Based on Soldiers of Fortune
by Richard Harding Davis
Starring Wallace Beery
Distributed by Realart Pictures
Release date
  • November 22, 1919 (1919-11-22)
Running time
70 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

Soldiers of Fortune is a lost[1] 1919 American silent drama film directed by Allan Dwan and starring Wallace Beery. The film is based on the 1897 novel of the same name by Richard Harding Davis. The film was produced by the Mayflower Photoplay Company[2] Richard Harding Davis's novel that inspired the film had already been brought to the screen in 1914 by William F. Haddock; Soldiers of Fortune had her starring Dustin Farnum. The subject of both the 1914 and 1919 films are based on the Spanish–American War. The 1919 film was shot in San Diego Fairgrounds at Balboa Park in San Diego, California. Distributed by Realart Pictures, the film was released in American theaters on November 22, 1919.


Robert Clay, a noble America hero of humble means trying to do his best to help the war effort in the fictional capital Olancho in a small South American republic, but he meets a rich lady and they fall in love during the revolution. Robert Clay is the engineer and general manager of the Valencia Mining Company in Olancho. There are two sisters that come into Robert Clay's life. Both are the daughters of Mr. Langham, the president of the Mining company. The older sister, Alice, is a New York City society girl. Her sister Hope is enthusiastic, generous and sweet. Robert Clay meets Alice just before he sails for South America. He shares his admiration for her. Later, when he learns the family are going to Olancho also, he is very happy. But after getting to know Alice better he is sad. During her visit to Olancho a revolution starts, in this time she shows courage and to be a lady of charter. This attracts Clay to her, he ask her to marry him.[3][4][5]


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