Deep Waters (1920)

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While this drama has all the earmarks of director Maurice Tourneur, he had quite a bit of help from future silent idol John Gilbert. At the time, Gilbert was his assistant who adapted the screenplay from the novel Caleb West, Master Diver, by F. Hopkinson Smith, and he played one of the important supporting roles. The beach at Balboa, about 80 miles away from Los Angeles, doubled as a New England village. Henry Sanford (Henry Woodward), who is building a lighthouse at Keyport, falls for Kate Leroy (Florence Deshon), the wife of wealthy Morgan Leroy (Jack McDonald). Meanwhile, Betty (Barbara Bedford), the pretty young wife of master diver Caleb West (Broerkin Christians), has drawn the attention of Bill Lacey, one of the men on West's crew (Gilbert). When Lacey is injured near the lighthouse, Betty nurses him back to health and he convinces her to run away with him. But Betty quickly regrets her rash action and returns to Keyport. West refuses to take her back and she stays with Joe Bell. Lacey's ship wrecks and West makes a dive to retrieve his body. When he comes to the surface he finds out that Betty was the one who had been pumping air to him. West realizes that she loves him and they reconcile. In the meantime, Kate and Leroy also make up.