Below the Surface (1920)

Drama | June 1920

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HISTORY

The working title of this film was The Oath. One source lists the film at seven reels, another calls it a five-reeler. ...

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The working title of this film was The Oath. One source lists the film at seven reels, another calls it a five-reeler.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
29 May 1920
p. 2963
MPN
19 Jun 1920
p. 5009
MPN
10 Jul 1920
p. 416
MPW
1 Feb 1920
p. 9
New York Times
7 Jun 1920
p. 20
Variety
11 Jun 1920
p. 34
Wid's
13 Jun 1920
p. 3
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Paramount-Artcraft Special
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
Irvin V. Willat
Dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTORS
Tech dir
Art titles
Art titles
Art titles
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Oath
Release Date:
June 1920
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Thomas H. Ince
13 May 1920
LP15109
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
6,220
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

When celebrated Maine diver Martin Flint refuses to participate in James Arnold's dangerous treasure hunt, Arnold's seductive accomplice and wife Edna enlists Flint's son Luther in the scheme by promising to marry him if he salvages the planted gold from a sunken wreck. Returning home from his perilous mission, Luther discovers that Edna has deserted him and succumbs to delirium. Martin pursues Edna to Boston and forces her to return to Maine with him, but unknown to Flint, Arnold steals aboard their boat. Later that night, the vessel strikes a wreck and sinks. Arnold and Edna drown, but Flint survives and returns to Luther, who refuses to believe his father's tale of betrayal. To learn the truth for himself, Luther dives to the sunken wreck, discovers Arnold and Edna's bodies and faints. Martin then dives to save his son, who comes to realize that his father is a virtuous ...

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When celebrated Maine diver Martin Flint refuses to participate in James Arnold's dangerous treasure hunt, Arnold's seductive accomplice and wife Edna enlists Flint's son Luther in the scheme by promising to marry him if he salvages the planted gold from a sunken wreck. Returning home from his perilous mission, Luther discovers that Edna has deserted him and succumbs to delirium. Martin pursues Edna to Boston and forces her to return to Maine with him, but unknown to Flint, Arnold steals aboard their boat. Later that night, the vessel strikes a wreck and sinks. Arnold and Edna drown, but Flint survives and returns to Luther, who refuses to believe his father's tale of betrayal. To learn the truth for himself, Luther dives to the sunken wreck, discovers Arnold and Edna's bodies and faints. Martin then dives to save his son, who comes to realize that his father is a virtuous man.

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Subject

Subject (Minor):
Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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