Where the Pavement Ends (1923)

Run Time - 70 min.  |  
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This romance, based on The Passionate Vine by John Russell, displays Ramon Novarro's masculine beauty to full effect. Pastor Spencer (Edward Connelly) is a missionary in the South Seas. His daughter, Matilda (Alice Terry), would prefer to return to civilization, but Spencer wants to convert not only the natives, but Captain Hull Gregson, a rough-hewn cafe owner (Harry Morey). Gregson lusts after Matilda so he joins Spencer's church, and even closes down his cafe to prove he is sincere. This convinces the minister to give Gregson his daughter's hand. But Matilda has fallen in love with Motauri, a young native chief (Novarro). They try to run away to his home, but their plans don't work out. Although Gregson is killed, Matilda decides that she can't marry Motauri after all and he throws himself into the falls. After that, her father finally takes her away from the islands.

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alcoholism, captain [military], death, escape, love, star-crossed-lovers, tragic-love