South Sea Love (1923)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Drama  |  
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Except for the pretty backgrounds, pert Shirley Mason is just about the only bright spark in this otherwise tired and cliché South Seas drama. Dolores Medina (Mason) meets English trader Gerald Wilton (J. Frank Glendon) on the ship run by her father (Charles A. Sellon). She falls in love with him, and when her father dies, he asks Wilton to take care of Dolores. Although Wilton tries to follow through on his promise, Dolores is disillusioned when she discovers that he is already married. Disillusioned after finding out Wilton's secret, Dolores runs away to become a dancer at a tropical cafe. Every tawdry club has its lecherous owner (at least in motion pictures), and this one is no exception. Dolores escapes from him, but she's still hesitant to return to Wilton's care. She changes her mind, however, when he is attacked by a group of her father's friends and she is the one who saves him. Discovering that Wilton's wife has died, Wilton and Dolores are able to pursue their romance.

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ward [hospital], dance [art], first-love, gangster, guardian, love, nightclub, romance