Sea Horses (1926)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Based on a novel by Francis Brett Young, Sea Horses stars Florence Vidor as Helen Salvia, who is deserted early on by her no-good husband Lorenzo (William Powell). With her 4-year-old daughter Cina (Mary Dow) in tow, Helen heads to a sinister African port town in search of her husband. During the long ocean voyage, Helen is lusted after by two of the deckhands, Cochran (George Bancroft) and Harvey (Alan Simpson). Ship's captain George Glanville (Jack Holt) is also attracted to the heroine, but he's too much the gentleman to put the moves on her. At film's end, it is Glanville, with the unexpected aid of Cochran, who rescues Helen from her vicious husband. The film's highlight is a storm-at-sea sequence, a near flawless combination of scale models and miniatures. Sea Horses was directed by the talented Allan Dwan, whose self-styled "artlessness" was an art form in itself.

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captain [military], couple, crew, daughter, husband, port, sacrifice, sailing, sea, storm