Man and Woman (1920)

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A tropical island, a cold society girl, a man far below her in station -- is it Cecil B. DeMille's Male and Female? Not quite. Since DeMille's famed success had been released about a year and a half earlier, it's a pretty sure bet that this picture was an attempt at cashing in. After taking the blame for a bridge collapse Joe, an engineer (Joe King), becomes a beachcomber. But his old boss, Murdock (A.C. Milar), shows up on the island with his haughty daughter, Diana (Diana Allen), to discuss rebuilding a lighthouse. At the governor's ball, Diana wins a bet by dressing up Joe and his beachcomber pals and passing them off as her friends. But to do this, she has tricked Joe into believing that Murdock is willing to give him his job back. When he realizes he has been fooled, he kidnaps Diana, telling her that he will make her a beachcomber the same way she tried to make him a gentleman. But his friends rebel because they decided that they liked living like regular folk again, and Diana finds herself falling in love with her captor. Joe realizes he loves her too, when he saves her from a lusty native. In the end Joe does get his job back, and Diana stays with him as he starts work on the lighthouse.



kidnapping, native, rescue, seduction, sex, white-slavery