The Isle of Lost Ships (1929)

75 mins | Melodrama | 29 November 1929

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HISTORY

An earlier adaptation of Crittenden Marriott's novel was made in 1923 by producer-director Maurice Tourneur. Also entitled The Island of Lost Ships , that film starred Anna Q. Nilsson and Milton Sills (See ... More Less

An earlier adaptation of Crittenden Marriott's novel was made in 1923 by producer-director Maurice Tourneur. Also entitled The Island of Lost Ships , that film starred Anna Q. Nilsson and Milton Sills (See Entry). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
27 Oct 1929.
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New York Times
26 Oct 1929
p. 15.
Variety
30 Oct 1929
p. 25.
DETAILS
Release Date:
29 November 1929
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 25 October 1929
Copyright Claimant:
First National Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
16 October 1929
Copyright Number:
LP785
Physical Properties:
Sound
Vitaphone
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also si.
Duration(in mins):
75
Length(in feet):
7,576
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Aboard a ship sailing from Puerto Rico to New York is Frank Howard, the prisoner of Jackson, a detective. Howard and society girl Dorothy Whitlock, who with her aunt is also a passenger, become mutually attracted. The ship is swept into the Sargasso Sea, a wreckage-cluttered eddy in the central Atlantic, and is stranded amidst an "island" of ships, comprising a small colony dominated by Captain Forbes. Since any woman must be married immediately to prevent quarrels among the men, Forbes demands that Dorothy become his wife. But Dorothy chooses Howard; and when challenged by Forbes, Howard beats him. Burke, an Irish mechanic who operates the engines of a stranded submarine, leads Howard, Dorothy, and Jackson to the craft; and they escape Forbes and his gang. Jackson is resolved to help clear Howard, who finds happiness with ... +


Aboard a ship sailing from Puerto Rico to New York is Frank Howard, the prisoner of Jackson, a detective. Howard and society girl Dorothy Whitlock, who with her aunt is also a passenger, become mutually attracted. The ship is swept into the Sargasso Sea, a wreckage-cluttered eddy in the central Atlantic, and is stranded amidst an "island" of ships, comprising a small colony dominated by Captain Forbes. Since any woman must be married immediately to prevent quarrels among the men, Forbes demands that Dorothy become his wife. But Dorothy chooses Howard; and when challenged by Forbes, Howard beats him. Burke, an Irish mechanic who operates the engines of a stranded submarine, leads Howard, Dorothy, and Jackson to the craft; and they escape Forbes and his gang. Jackson is resolved to help clear Howard, who finds happiness with Dorothy. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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