The Ragged Edge (1923)

Genres - Crime, Drama, Romance  |  
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This average South Seas romance -- based on a novel by Harold McGrath -- was the second film featuring stage star Alfred Lunt. Playing opposite him is fashion model Mimi Palmeri in her acting debut (and, possibly, swan song -- after this film, she was apparently never heard from again). Lunt plays Howard Spurlock, who takes money from his uncle which he believes to rightfully be his. Fearing that the police are on his trail, he travels to the South Seas, where he takes to drink out of guilt. In Canton he becomes so ill that he requires attention, which is provided by Ruth Enschede (Palmeri), the naive daughter of a missionary (Charles Kent). Spurlock, believing that circumstances have compromised Ruth, marries her and only later does he learn to love her. He finds work through a doctor (Wallace Erskine), and straightens himself out. Spurlock's aunt (Marie Day) tracks him to the South Seas and informs him that his uncle never pressed charges and that he was never in trouble in the first place.



China, criminal, daughter, detective, escape, flight, friendship, journey, love, missionary, society, South-Seas