Tides of Passion (1925)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Run Time - 70 min.  |  
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While living in a Nova Scotia fishing village, soldier William Pennland (Ben Hendricks) marries pretty Chastity (Mae Marsh). Then he goes off to serve and forgets about her. While Chastity patiently waits for him, Pennland becomes embroiled in a number of romances. The last one is with Hagar (Laska Winter), and he commits bigamy by marrying her. When he tries to leave, Hagar maroons him on an island where he suffers from exposure and starvation. Guilt-ridden, she goes back for him, but it is too late and he dies. Chastity discovers his whereabouts and shows up for a last good-bye. She takes Hagar to her home, where the young woman has a baby. Hagar feels badly about what she's done (even though Pennland was a cad), and decides to commit suicide. Chastity, however, saves her. The two women eventually go on to find new mates. Film pioneer J. Stuart Blackton was near the end of his Hollywood career when he made this melodrama, and Mae Marsh, the star, was showing less and less enthusiasm for motion pictures.

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betrayal, enlistment, extramarital-affair, illegitimacy, marriage, pregnancy