The Captive ★★★

Early film directed by C. B. DeMille, set during the First Balkan War (1912-1913) between The Ottoman Empire and the Balkan States.

House Peters, a Turkish nobelman captured on the battlefield, agrees to work on the farm of a Montenagran peasant rather than remain in a crowded prison cell. He becomes the captive assistant to young and pretty Blanche Sweet. He does not know how to work, but his good nature quickly wins over the affections of Sweet’s little brother and soon the girl herself. How can this unlikely pair find happiness?

The story is rather silly with many unlikely happenings, but includes some amusing incidents and good acting by the principals. Clearly, even in this early period, DeMille knew how to effectively present a story.