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Working titles of this film were The Broken Barrier , By Right of Conquest , and The Call of Nature . This marked the screen debut of Natalie Talmadge. Some scenes were shot in ... More Less

Working titles of this film were The Broken Barrier , By Right of Conquest , and The Call of Nature . This marked the screen debut of Natalie Talmadge. Some scenes were shot in Florida. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
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DATE
PAGE
ETR
15 Nov 19
p. 2051.
MPN
8 Nov 19
p. 2505.
MPW
8 Nov 19
p. 245.
New York Morning Telegraph
17 May 19
p. 1057.
New York Times
27 Oct 19
p. 9.
Variety
31 Oct 19
p. 61.
Wid's
9 Nov 19
p. 7.
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LITERARY
Based on the novel By Right of Conquest by Arthur Hornblow (New York, 1909).
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
The Call of Nature
By Right of Conquest
The Broken Barrier
Release Date:
26 October 1919
Copyright Claimant:
Select Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
20 October 1919
Copyright Number:
LP14643
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5-6
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When fashionable widow Mrs. Harmon, whose funds are quickly dwindling, sees that her charms cannot pull the wealthy Van Surdam away from his mistress Claire Wilson, she uses her daughter Ethel to bait him. Ethel marries to please her mother, but suffers from Van Surdam's brutality and learns to hate men. John Arnold, once a promising shipbuilder, but now a drunkard, hates women because earlier his fiancée Claire left him for Van Surdam. When Ethel accompanies her family on a cruise and their boat is torpedoed by a submarine, John, the ship's stoker, rescues Ethel and swims with her to a deserted island. After months of distrust, they learn to love each other and are about to perform a marriage rite when a rescue ship arrives. When Ethel repulses Van Surdam's advances on the ship and he attacks her, John saves her. Van Surdam, suspicious of their relationship, dies from a heart attack, and a year later John and Ethel ... +


When fashionable widow Mrs. Harmon, whose funds are quickly dwindling, sees that her charms cannot pull the wealthy Van Surdam away from his mistress Claire Wilson, she uses her daughter Ethel to bait him. Ethel marries to please her mother, but suffers from Van Surdam's brutality and learns to hate men. John Arnold, once a promising shipbuilder, but now a drunkard, hates women because earlier his fiancée Claire left him for Van Surdam. When Ethel accompanies her family on a cruise and their boat is torpedoed by a submarine, John, the ship's stoker, rescues Ethel and swims with her to a deserted island. After months of distrust, they learn to love each other and are about to perform a marriage rite when a rescue ship arrives. When Ethel repulses Van Surdam's advances on the ship and he attacks her, John saves her. Van Surdam, suspicious of their relationship, dies from a heart attack, and a year later John and Ethel marry. +

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

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