The Roughneck (1924)

Genres - Adventure, Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Adventure Drama, Romantic Adventure  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The athletic George O'Brien had shot to fame as the star of The Iron Horse just a few months before the release of this standard melodrama, adapted from Robert Service's novel.. Anne Delaney, a young widow (Cleo Madison), falls in with a brutal skipper, Mad Marrat (Harry T. Morey). He lures her and her little boy, Jerry (Buddy Smith), on board, then uses a collision to claim that the child has drowned when actually he has sent him ashore. A couple of decades later, Marrat has cast Anne aside, and Jerry has grown up (played by O'Brien) to become a feisty young man. During a prize fight, he knocks his opponent unconscious and believes he has killed him. He flees by stowing away on a ship where he meets Felicity Arden (Billie Dove), who is going to the tropics to paint. Jerry is in danger of being sent back to justice, so he escapes and swims towards shore - but that marks only the beginning.

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accident, boating, boxing, conflict, couple, death, escape, island, love, lure [tempt], manslaughter, mother, paradise, ring [jewelry], South-Seas, tropical