Miss Robinson Crusoe (1917)

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The old chestnut about a man and a woman marooned on a desert island was good for at least half a dozen films in 1917, but few were as entertaining as Metro's Miss Robinson Crusoe. Emmy Wehlen starred as the title character, aka Pamela Sayre. A dash of The Admirable Crichton was tossed into the stew by having the heroine share her little island with two nerdish suitors, and with the rest of her snooty family. Evidently the trade magazine Variety didn't approve of the comic approach taken with the material, dismissing the screenplay as "inane" and "inconsequential." As for Wehlan's performance, the irascible Variety critic admitted that he was seized with the desire to throw a custard pie in the lady's face. Ah, well -- the audience liked it, anyway.