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The film had its premiere at the Temple Theater, Santa Ana, CA, on 1 Jun 1920. A scene of Annette Kellerman performing a seventy-five foot dive into the Pacific Ocean was shot off the coast of Balboa Beach, ... More Less

The film had its premiere at the Temple Theater, Santa Ana, CA, on 1 Jun 1920. A scene of Annette Kellerman performing a seventy-five foot dive into the Pacific Ocean was shot off the coast of Balboa Beach, CA. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
28 Aug 20
p. 1397.
MPN
14 Feb 20
p. 1762.
MPN
6 Mar 20
p. 2355.
MPN
26 Jun 20
p. 80.
MPN
21 Aug 20
p. 1577.
MPN
18 Sep 20
p. 2213.
MPN
2 Oct 20
p. 2718.
MPW
26 Jun 20
p. 1765.
MPW
21 Aug 20
p. 1067.
Variety
13 Aug 20
pp. 34-35.
Wid's
15 Aug 20
p. 3.
DETAILS
Release Date:
23 August 1920
Copyright Claimant:
Sol Lesser
Copyright Date:
20 September 1920
Copyright Number:
LP17180
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
6,377
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Social reformer and head of the Purity League, James King Cotton finds it impossible to restrain his daughter Annabel from parading around in scanty bathing suits. When Annabel laughs at Willy St. John's overtures to her because of his lack of athletic prowess, Willy hires boxer Captain Buck Nelson to teach him self-defense. Both men are invited to accompany the Cottons on a yachting trip during which Nelson physically attacks Annabel. After Nelson chases her up the ship's rigging, forcing her to perform a high dive into the sea, and struggles with her underwater, Willy finally intercedes, fighting off both Nelson as well as the crew to rescue his love. Thus satisfied with Willy's physical abilities, Annabel awards him her ... +


Social reformer and head of the Purity League, James King Cotton finds it impossible to restrain his daughter Annabel from parading around in scanty bathing suits. When Annabel laughs at Willy St. John's overtures to her because of his lack of athletic prowess, Willy hires boxer Captain Buck Nelson to teach him self-defense. Both men are invited to accompany the Cottons on a yachting trip during which Nelson physically attacks Annabel. After Nelson chases her up the ship's rigging, forcing her to perform a high dive into the sea, and struggles with her underwater, Willy finally intercedes, fighting off both Nelson as well as the crew to rescue his love. Thus satisfied with Willy's physical abilities, Annabel awards him her love. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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