Naval Warfare Movies

Man Who Stayed at Home, The

Director: Herbert Blache
Starring: King Baggot, Claire Whitney, Robert Whittier, A.J. Herbert

Published: 1919
Country: USA
Keywords: WWI, Feature

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A man who is scorned by all due to his failure to enlist is actually a secret agent. He rounds up a German spy ring and sinks a U-boat, thus proving his patriotism.


Subtlety was not a characteristic of World War I-era cinematic efforts. Even after the end of the war, right and wrong were sharply delineated, and there was to be no doubt in the minds of the audience as to who in the movie deserved what fate. In general, patriots always prevailed, or died making a grand gesture; the enemy always behaved reprehensibly and received his just deserts.