Slave Market (1917)

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This action-filled melodrama features Pauline Frederick as Ramona, a genteel Spanish girl who is kidnapped off a sailing vessel by a pirate (Albert Hart). She will not give in to his lecherous demands, even when he whips her. Meanwhile, soldier of fortune John Barton (the ever-heroic Thomas Meighan) comes along. He finds out about the pirates' buried treasure (in the movies, all pirates must have at least one buried treasure). This is good because Ramona kills the sea bandit who has been tormenting her and she winds up as a slave on the auction block -- and the main bidder is the girlfriend of the pirate she has killed. Needless to say, Barton comes through and saves the senorita. Although this picture was shot in the highly photogenic land of Cuba, it seems like the studio cut costs by skimping on the number of extras and bit players. And Pauline Frederick gave a very weak portrayal of her character, making Ramona seem wimpy when an inner strength was needed. Not one of the actress's best vehicles.