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A Virgin Paradise
Director: J. Searle Dawley (Dir)
Release Date:   4 Sep 1921
Duration (in reels):   8
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Cast:   Pearl White (Gratia Latham)  
    Robert Elliott (Bob Alan)  
    J. Thornton Baston (Slim)  
    Alan Edwards (Bernard Holt)  
    Henrietta Floyd (Mrs. Holt)  
    Grace Beaumont (Constance Holt)  
    Mary Beth Barnelle (Ruth Hastings)  
    Lynn Pratt (The attorney)  
    Lewis Seeley (Peter Latham)  
    Charles Sutton (Captain Mulhall)  
    Hal Clarendon (John Latham)  

Summary: The parents of Gratia Latham are killed by a volcanic eruption on a South Sea island, the only survivors being the little girl and her native servant. Gratia survives and grows up with only the beasts as her companions. Her cousin comes to fetch her when her wealthy uncle dies and other relatives plan to claim the estate. On the homebound ship, Bob Alan, an "ex-college graduate," and his chum, Slim, rescue Gratia from a forced marriage to her cousin Bernard, and in New York the three swim ashore to a deserted house on Long Island that happens to be Gratia's property. Bernard notifies the police that they are thieves, but Gratia establishes her identity and is brought into society, where her unconventional manners cause a sensation. She burns the house; and when Bernard tries to coerce her again into marriage, she soundly thrashes him and weds Bob. 

Production Company: Fox Film Corp.  
Director: J. Searle Dawley (Dir)
Producer: William Fox (Pres)
Writer: Hiram Percy Maxim (Story)
Photography: Joseph Ruttenberg (Dir of photog)
  Bert Dawley (Dir of photog)
Country: United States

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Fox Film Corp. 25/8/1921 dd/mm/yyyy LP17003

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Genre: Comedy-drama
 
Subjects (Major): Inheritance
  Long Island (NY)
  Etiquette
  Naturalists
  Social customs
  South Sea islands
  Volcanoes

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