The Shark Master (1921)

Genres - Adventure  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Adventure  |  
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Universal's manly star Frank Mayo is overshadowed for once by the female support in this South Seas drama. MacLeod Dean (Mayo) has a partnership with Captain Marston (Herbert Fortier) in a San Francisco shipping firm. He is also engaged to marry Marston's daughter, June (Doris Deane), but when he sets sail to inspect the firm's South Seas trading stations, he is shipwrecked. Dean winds up on a small island, where he meets Flame Flower (May Collins), a beautiful young white woman who is living amongst the natives. As an infant, Flame Flower was cast upon the island, and the native chief deified her and pronounced her taboo to the rest of the tribe. Now, faced with a white man for the first time in her life, Flame Flower falls in love. Dean's efforts to remain faithful to June are eventually undermined, and he winds up with the girl. June, meanwhile, sets out to find her fiancé and locates him with Flame Flower. There is a struggle between the two women to see who will ultimately end up with Dean, but since he and Flame Flower already have a child, he decides to remain on the island. A side note: Doris Deane became the second wife of Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle. Arbuckle's career was cut short, right about the time this film was released, because a girl died at a scandalous party he was throwing.

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sea, fiancee, island-deserted, love, rescue, romance, sea-disaster, shipwreck, socialite, suicide