The Manxman (1916)

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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Long before Alfred Hitchcock's more famous adaptation of Hall Caine's novel The Manx-Man, the property was transferred to the screen by versatile British filmmaker George Loane Tucker. As in the case of the Hitchcock version, the Tucker film was lensed on location on the Isle of Man. Elisabeth Risdon was cast as Kate, the romantic bone of contention between fisherman Pete (Frederick Groves and lawyer Philip (Henry Ainley. When Pete is reported lost at sea, Kate agrees to marry Philip, though she never gives up her love for the "lost" fisherman. This results in a maelstrom of melodramatic intrigue when the very-much-alive Pete comes back into Kate's life, forcing her to admit that her newborn baby is not Philip's, but Pete's. Comparisons between this version of the Manx-Man and the Hitchcock remake are all but impossible, since no complete prints of the earlier version are known to have survived.