Lost at Sea (1926)

Run Time - 70 min.  |  
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Louis J. Gasnier, whose directorial technique suffered a case of arrested development sometime in 1912, wielded the megaphone for the old-fashioned mellerdrammer Lost at Sea. It is established from the outset that Norman Travers (Lowell Sherman) is a domineering husband and a failure as a father, and that his wife Natalie (Jane Novak) and son Bobby (Billy Kent Schaeffer) suffer in silent desperation. When Travers is lost at sea and presumed drowned, Natalie, somewhat relieved, accepts the marriage proposal of kindly Richard Lane (Huntley Gordon). But on the night of their wedding, Natalie receives word that her first husband is still alive. Returning home to demand his matrimonial rights, Travers is promptly murdered -- whereupon Lane, believing that Natalie committed the deed, gallantly takes the blame. The solution to the mystery comes so far out of left field that it seems to have been written for another movie!

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bad-guy, confession-false, desperation, father, husband, murder, son