Cast & Crew
Edward H. Griffith
When General Hamilcar Poussevain, the obese, black, French-speaking President of Haiti, arrogantly refuses to pay the salary of young American Billy Barlow, the superintendent of the capital's electric plant, Billy lets the lights go out and refuses to leave his bed. Because Billy is the only one who can work the machinery, Poussevain is forced to pay him. Meanwhile, Billy's sweetheart, Claire Ducrot, is urged by her mother, who owns the city's best restaurant, to marry Monsieur Paillard, a widower with five children. The day of the wedding Claire agrees to elope with Billy, but Poussevain holds back his salary again. After Billy sends a cable to make Poussevain think that an American battleship is coming, Billy meets American actor Harry St. Clair, who is making a serial about naval life, and learns that a warship is on its way for the film. When St. Clair, in uniform, appears before Poussevain, the cowardly president pays Billy. That night, as the wedding is about to commence, Billy arranges for the lights to fail, and he elopes with Claire aboard an ocean liner.