The Sphinx Motion Picture Company needed an actor, and needed him very badly. For some time the Sphinx Company had devoted itself to the so-called "Western" picture. The fifteen hard-riding cowboys who composed their staff served admirably for this purpose. Most Sphinx pictures consisted of a series of views of the above-mentioned cowboys galloping at full tilt after one of their number who was variously cast as a horse thief, a train robber, or a murderer. Suddenly the Sphinx management decided that the public wanted a "polo" picture. The stage directors were in despair. Their men could ride well enough to be sure, but even the widest stretch of imagination on the part of a long suffering public would hardly be sufficient to make them look English. They must have a typical Englishman to play the leading role. So hoping against hope, they put an advertisement in all the papers of the Western city in which they were located. The Honorable Reginald Devenham read this peculiar ...
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