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Terror Island
Alternate Title: Salvage
Director: James Cruze (Dir)
Release Date:   Apr 1920
Duration (in reels):   7
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Cast:   Houdini (Harry Harper)  
    Jack Brammall (Ensign Tom Starkey)  
    Lila Lee (Beverly West, niece of Job Mordaunt)  
    Wilton Taylor (Job Mourdant)  
    Eugene Pallette (Guy Mourdant)  
    Edward Brady (Captain Marsh)  
    Frank Bonner (Chief Bakaida)  
    Ted E. Duncan (First Officer Murphy)  
    Fred Turner (Mr. West)  
    Rosemary Theby (Stella Mourdant, Guy Mordaunt's wife)  

Summary: Beverly West appeals to Harry Harper, the inventor of a submarine device for salvaging sunken vessels, to help her rescue her father from the South Sea natives who are holding him as a ransom for the skull shaped pearl that Beverly possesses. Also desirous of the pearl is Job Mourdant, Beverly's guardian, who kidnaps his ward and heads out to sea. Harry follows and saves Beverly when Mourdant throws her overboard. After the two parties arrive on the island, Harry is captured but escapes in time to see the natives thrust Beverly into an iron safe and throw her into the sea. Once again, Harry saves the girl, and finally procures the gems after struggling with a man in a diving suit. Harry then so impresses the natives with his magic that they release Beverly and her father and the three set sail for home. 

Production Company: Realart Pictures (Famous Players-Lasky Corp.)
Distribution Company: Realart Pictures (Famous Players-Lasky Corp.)
Director: James Cruze (Dir)
  Cullen B. Tate (Asst dir)
Producer: Jesse L. Lasky (Pres)
Writer: Walter Woods (Adapted for the screen by)
  Arthur B. Reeve (Story)
  John W. Grey (Story)
Photography: William Marshall (Cam)
Art Direction: Wilfred Buckland (Art dir)
Country: United States
Language: English

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Famous Players-Lasky Corp. 13/3/1920 dd/mm/yyyy LP14920

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Genre: Mystery
 
Subjects (Major): Kidnapping
  Pearls
  Ransom
  Rescues
  South Sea islands
 
Subjects (Minor): Divers and diving
  Magic
  Submarine boats
  Tribal life
  Wards and guardians

Note: The working title of this film was Salvage

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
ETR   1 May 20   p. 2520.
MPN   13 Dec 19   p. 4226.
MPN   1 May 20   pp. 3750-51, 3839
MPN   29 May 20   p. 4542.
MPW   10 Apr 20   p. 165-66.
MPW   8 May 20   p. 861.
Variety   30 Apr 20   p. 43.
Wid's   2 May 20   p. 9.

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