Haunted Ship (1927)

Run Time - 48 min.  |  
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The Haunted Ship was adapted from the Jack London story White and Yellow. Villainous schooner captain Montague Love casts his wife and son adrift on a raft, convinced that his wife Alice Lake has been unfaithful with first mate Tom Santschi. For the next fifteen years, Love makes life hell for the imprisoned Santschi, while the abandoned son (Ray Hallor) grows into manhood as a beachcomber. As luck would have it, Hallor is shanghaied and put to work on Love's ship, never dreaming that the sadistic skipper is his own father. Likewise a reluctant guest of the brutish Love is stranded showgirl Dorothy Sebastian, with whom Hallor falls in love. Lusting after Sebastian himself, Love very nearly kills his own son but is prevented from doing so by Santschi, leading to an outsized shipwreck finale.

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abandonment, beachcomber, captain [military], extramarital-affair, family-abandonment, father, imprisonment, love, love-triangle, rafting, romance, sadist, shipwreck, showgirl, son, wife