Half-Way Girl (1925)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Drama  |   Run Time - 77 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The only truly interesting aspect of this melodrama is the spectacular fire aboard an ocean liner. The scene was shot in color, and to make it even more exciting, a leopard also breaks free on the ship. The lovely presence of Doris Kenyon also helps. Kenyon plays Poppy La Rue, an actress who winds up stranded in Singapore when her theatrical troupe goes bust. She winds up in the Red Light district where she works as a "hostess" (generally a silent film euphemism for prostitute), where she meets Philip Douglas, a down-at-the-heels Brit (Lloyd Hughes). While drunk, he kills a man in self-defense, and Poppy helps him to escape. Jardine (Sam Hardy), a plantation owner, is determined to have Poppy, and when she wants to escape from the Oriental underworld, he offers to help, provided she accompanies him to Penang. Douglas is also on board and when a fire breaks out in the hold, he rescues Poppy from Jardine's advances. They manage to get in a lifeboat just before the ship explodes, and are picked up by a passing vessel. Douglas' father (Hobart Bosworth) wants the couple to separate, but finally he accepts Poppy as his daughter-in-law.

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actor, alcoholism, host, love, romance, stranded