The White Flower (1923)

Genres - Drama  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This Hawaiian romance was the last picture directed by Julia Crawford Ivers, who also penned the screenplay. Although it was later rumored she left Hollywood after the murder of director William Desmond Taylor (even though she was guiltless, she was embroiled in the scandal), she continued writing screenplays throughout the rest of the silent era. Ivers died in 1930, when sound was still in its infancy. This nicely done picture ended her directing career on a good note. Konia Markham (Betty Compson) is the daughter of an Hawaiian mother and American father. (Hawaii at the time was not yet a state, and wouldn't be for another 36 years.) She and her father, John (Edward Martindel), live on the islands, and when the handsome Bob Rutherford (Edmund Lowe) sails in from the States, she falls madly in love with him. She only discovers that Rutherford is engaged to Ethel Granville (Arline Pretty) when the girl shows up on the island. Konia tracks down a native priest and tries to have him pray Ethel to death (something some native priests were said to be capable of doing). But she repents her action and halts the proceedings just in time. Riddled with guilt, she prepares to throw herself into a volcano. Rutherford comes to her rescue. Ethel, realizing that her fiancé really loves Konia and not her, willingly gives him up.

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curse, fiancee, jealousy, love, rescue, sorcerer, suicide, volcano, white-slavery