Black Cargoes of the South Seas (1929)

Run Time - 75 min.  |   Countries - Australia  |  
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This Australian film was produced and directed by an American (Norman Dawn), with an essentially all-American cast. Edith Roberts plays the title character, whose diminished social status wreaks havoc on her romance with the hero (Edmund Burns). Walter Long, swarthy villain in many a D.W. Griffith picture, is once more typecast as a brutish heavy. According to existing records, the basic story dealt with "life in the tropics," leaving historians of the 1990s to draw their own conclusions. Adorable Outcast opened to lukewarm critical response, with some reviewers citing the film's subtitles as the best part of the entire project.