Ports of Call (1925)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Drama  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Edmund Lowe, who at the time was known for his urbane characterizations, seemed a bit miscast as a South Seas derelict in this Fox melodrama. The film wasn't helped either by the fact that the studio had released the very similar (and much better) Man Who Came Back a few months earlier. Lowe is Kirk Rainsford, who is in love with Marjorie Valli (Hazel Keener). When a fire breaks out at the Vallis house and Rainsford is too cowardly to rescue Marjorie's little sister, his father (William Conklin) disowns him. Rainsford becomes a drifter who eventually lands in Manila. There, in a saloon, he meets Lily (Lilyan Tashman -- who, incidentally, would become Lowe's second wife). The relationship between Lily and Rainsford helps to regenerate them both. They go to a farm to find work and discover that it is owned by Randoph Sherman (William Davidson), who has married Rainsford's ex-sweetheart, Marjorie. When there is a native uprising on the farm, Rainsford heroically rescues Marjorie. Sherman is killed. Lily is willing to let Rainsford reunite with Marjorie, but he prefers to be with the woman who stuck by him at his lowest. Lowe's career would undergo a transformation a few years later when he played the tough, foul-mouthed Sergeant Quirk in What Price Glory?

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