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The 28 Apr 1917 Motion Picture News announced that director Lynn F. Reynolds and his company was leaving for Santa Cruz Island, CA, to film a majority of the exterior scenes for what was then being called Back to the Primitive. The publication commented on the film's "very timely plot" concerning German submarines in the Pacific Ocean. ... More Less

The 28 Apr 1917 Motion Picture News announced that director Lynn F. Reynolds and his company was leaving for Santa Cruz Island, CA, to film a majority of the exterior scenes for what was then being called Back to the Primitive. The publication commented on the film's "very timely plot" concerning German submarines in the Pacific Ocean. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motion Picture News
28 Apr 1917
p. 2680.
Motion Picture News
1 Sep 1917
p. 1511.
Motion Picture News
31 Mar 1917
p. 2117, 2166
Motog
25 Aug 1917
p. 423.
Moving Picture World
25 Aug 1917
1231, 1269.
NYDM
18 Aug 1917
p. 19.
Variety
10 Aug 1917
p. 23.
Wid's
16 Aug 1917
p. 519.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Back to the Primitive
Release Date:
6 August 1917
Production Date:
began April 1917
Copyright Claimant:
Bluebird Photoplays, Inc.
Copyright Date:
17 July 1917
Copyright Number:
LP11101
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Inconsiderate millionaire John Benson, philanthropist Oliver North, courageous Langdon Crane, wealthy idler Robert Curtis and Lydia Benson are among the passengers on an ocean liner that is sunk by a German submarine. Carried away by the currents to a tropical island, the castaways endure hardships which bring out their true natures. Benson becomes kind and considerate underneath his gruff exterior, North exhibits a meanness and smallness, Crane turns into a coward and slacker when he is confronted by hard work and Curtis develops into a dynamo of activity whose strength and consideration prompts Lydia to fall in love with him. Finally, they are rescued and all return home where Lydia and Curtis are ... +


Inconsiderate millionaire John Benson, philanthropist Oliver North, courageous Langdon Crane, wealthy idler Robert Curtis and Lydia Benson are among the passengers on an ocean liner that is sunk by a German submarine. Carried away by the currents to a tropical island, the castaways endure hardships which bring out their true natures. Benson becomes kind and considerate underneath his gruff exterior, North exhibits a meanness and smallness, Crane turns into a coward and slacker when he is confronted by hard work and Curtis develops into a dynamo of activity whose strength and consideration prompts Lydia to fall in love with him. Finally, they are rescued and all return home where Lydia and Curtis are married. +

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