Man Who Came Back (1924)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Propaganda Film  |   Run Time - 104 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The mother of Henry Potter (George O'Brien) died when he was born, and his father, Thomas (Ralph Lewis), spoiled him with wealth and luxury. As a result, Henry has become a wild, out-of-control young man. After he is hit with a breach of promise suit and caught in a drunken brawl, Henry is sent to San Francisco, where he falls in love with Marcelle, a dancer (Dorothy Mackaill). Although Marcelle tries to straighten him out, he proves to be as reckless as ever, and Thomas orders him shanghaied and shipped off to -- where else? -- Shanghai. There he continues his drunken ways and once again runs into Marcelle, who has become a morphine addict. Together, they battle to overcome their addictions. After getting married, the couple moves to Hawaii, where an aunt (Emily Fitzroy) tries to make Henry choose between Marcelle and his sick father. Marcelle pretends to go back on the dope so that Henry will go to his father, but he refuses to leave her. Finally she convinces him to reconcile with Thomas, who comes to accept Marcelle as part of the family. This picture was remade as talkie in 1931 as an unlikely vehicle for Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell.



addiction, aunt, couple, father, parent/child-relationship, son, dance [art]