Possession (1922)

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This European-made adventure was based on the novel, Phroso, by Sir. Anthony Hope. Lord Wheatley (Reginald Owen) decides to purchase an island, Neopalia, a Turkish possession in the Aegean Sea. But when he travels there to take it over, the natives don't want to give it up, and they insist that Phroso (Malvina Longfellow) be its ruler. Complications ensue when Wheatley falls in love with Phroso and a Turk, Mouraki Pasha (Max Maxudian), kidnaps her. Before he can possess either Neopalia or Phroso, Wheatley has to fight a lot of battles In his day, the film's director, Louis Mercanton, was called "the D.W. Griffith of Europe," but the sloppy editing and titling of the American version of this picture detracted from whatever merits it may have had.