Uncharted Seas (1921)

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While he was working as a supporting character in this film, Rudolph Valentino had no idea that stardom was imminent. Alice Lake stars here as Lucretia Eastman, who is married to Tom, a drunken womanizer (Carl Gerard). Lucretia's attempts to reform him are futile, and finally she turns to explorer Frank Underwood (Valentino), who has always loved her. Tom's father, Old Jim Eastman (Charles Mailes), gives him one last chance to straighten up by sending him on a trek to the frozen North to locate a treasure ship. Lucretia accompanies him, but his cowardice disgusts her. They run into Underwood, who is on the same mission. Eastman goes home, while Lucretia continues on with Underwood. Eastman claims that Lucretia has been unfaithful and divorces her. She and Underwood hold back their passion, even though they wind up locked in the ice with the ship for several months. They struggle to make it back home and discover that they are now free to legally unite.

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extramarital-affair, love, search, ship, shipboard, treasure, weakness