Miami (1924)

Genres - Drama  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This breezy summer comedy-drama was shot on-location in Florida. It was typical fun 1920s fare, which Moving Picture World called "a jazz picture from the word go." The trade magazine referred Betty Compson's character, Joan Bruce, as "a girl whose only thought was the mad pursuit of pleasure and thrills and the conquest of the other sex." Of course, the pleasure-mad maiden will come down to earth by the film's end, but not before becoming involved in a lot of hijinks. Joan chases after Grant North (Benjamin F. Finney Jr.), who, much to her surprise, refuses to have anything to do with her. When she gets in a motorboat accident, he rescues her and their romance finally begins. He leaves on a short business trip and although Joan has sworn to be good, she is lured to a yacht belonging to Ranson Tate (Lawford Davidson), a bootlegger. Because the incident has caused a rift with his wife, Tate threatens to cause a scandal unless Joan breaks her engagement to North. This she does by diving into a pool completely naked (or, as naked as 1920s censorship would allow). She then accompanies Tate to an island. North, who knows she still loves him, chases after them with his friend, Colonel Forbes (J. Barney Sherry). Tate is attacking Joan as North arrives to rescue her. Not long after, the Coast Guard shows up to arrest Tate and his bootlegging crew. North forgives Joan's peccadillos and they are reunited.

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airplane, bootlegging, engineering, love, romance, smuggling