The Torrent (1921)

Genres - Adventure, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Adventure Drama  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Velma (Eva Novak) is unhappily married to Sam (Leonard Shumway), a user of demon alcohol and a notorious womanizer. He invites Velma and his mistress to take an afternoon trip on his sailboat. Sam tries to force Velma to drink a cocktail, and the virtuous Velma recoils in horror. Sam suffers a debilitating stroke after a booze binge, and a sudden storm puts Velma on a remote island all alone. A plane piloted by Lieutenant Paul Mack (Jack Perrin) makes an emergency landing for fuel. Velma and Paul fall in love with each other but are captured by a gang of vicious bootleggers led by Red Calvin (Jack Curtis). The duo manages to escape, and Paul brings Velma back home. They arrive to discover Sam has survived but is confined to a wheelchair. Velma vows to stand by her man, but Sam kills himself with a final, fatal swallow of whiskey.

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alcoholism, bootlegging, loneliness, love, self-sacrifice, stranded, stroke [medical], suicide