On the High Seas (1922)

Genres - Adventure, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Adventure  |  
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This melodrama of the high seas sandwiches pretty silent star Dorothy Dalton between the handsome, virile Jack Holt and the not-so-handsome but equally virile Mitchell Lewis, whose character is referred to as "a ruffian." Society girl Leone Deveraux (Dalton) is sailing off to marry a man chosen by her father (Winter Hall), but whom she does not love. The ship catches fire and sinks mid-ocean, however, and she is rescued by two stokers, Jim Doran (Holt), and the aforementioned ruffian, Joe Polack (Lewis). The three of them land on a derelict ship and the two men fight it out to see who gets Leone. Polack wants her out of mere lust; Doran sincerely cares for her. Polack is fortuitously killed by a falling mast, and Leone and Doran are rescued. With a heavy heart, Leone heads for her unwanted wedding but (in a rather burlesque ending), she is suddenly snatched away by Doran, who reveals that he is actually the scion of a wealthy family, making him a perfect match for her.

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bum, couple, high-seas, plague, romance, shipwreck, tanker