Dead Men Tell No Tales (1920)

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This adaptation of the novel by E.W. Hornung was directed by Tom Terriss, who seemed to specialize in pictures dealing with the sea. The story follows the evil plans of Senor Joaquin Santos (Gustav von Seyffertitz), who is determined to cash in on the Australian gold rush. He plots out the sinking of the Lady Jermyn, which carries a large shipment of gold, but he doesn't tell his partner, Squire John Rattray (Holmes E. Herbert), or his stepdaughter, Eve Denison (Catherine Calvert), that all the passengers will go down with the ship. So Santos and his men -- and Eve -- go off on the Lady Jermyn, while Rattry plans to meet them later in his yacht. Although she is promised to Rattry, Eve falls in love with a barrister on board, George Cole (Percy Marmont). On schedule, the ship is blown to bits and the only one who survives (other than the villains and Eve) is Cole. Santos and his men want to see Cole dead, but Eve manages to save him from their clutches. This picture bears no relation to the 1939 U.K. film of the same name.