Leave it to Cecil B. DeMille to produce and direct the most popular of all WWI "patriotic spectacles," The Little American. Mary Pickford plays the super-patriotic heroine Angela Moore, who in the months just prior to the outbreak… More Leave it to Cecil B. DeMille to produce and direct the most popular of all WWI "patriotic spectacles," The Little American. Mary Pickford plays the super-patriotic heroine Angela Moore, who in the months just prior to the outbreak of the war is ardently courted by German-American Karl Von Austreim (Jack Holt) and French-American Count Jules de Destin (Raymond Hatton). When the hostilities commence, Karl and Jules return to their respective fatherlands, while Angela tends to matters in her own home. Months later, Angela embarks upon an ocean voyage visit her aunt in France, whereupon the luxury liner bearing her to Europe is torpedoed Lusitania style by a German submarine. She manages to survive this ordeal, only to find that her aunt is dead and the old woman's mansion has been converted into an allied hospital. Hardly the worse for wear, Angela takes up the task of nursing the many wounded. Inevitably, the hospital is overrun by the Kaiser's officers and Angela is attacked by one of the German officers. Her would-be rapist turns out to be Karl Von Austreim, who fortunately stops himself before any real damage can be done. Karl allows Angela to escape, whereupon she undertakes an espionage mission on behalf of her old flame, Count de Destin. She is captured by the Germans and sentenced to the firing squad, along with Karl, who by rushing to Angela's defense has "branded" himself as a traitor. A timely bombing raid saves Angela from execution, but Karl is killed, leaving our heroine to console herself in the arms of De Destin. Originally, DeMille filmed an ending wherein Karl survived and returned to America with Angela, but he was persuaded to shoot a "politically correct" alternate scene in which De Destin wins Angela's hand; most surviving prints end with Karl's death and De Destin's victory. Featured in small roles were such high-powered talents as Wallace Beery, Ramon Novarro, Colleen Moore and future director Sam Wood.