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The Isle of Lost Ships
Director: Maurice Tourneur (Dir)
Release Date:   18 Mar 1923
Duration (in feet):   7,425
Duration (in reels):   8
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Cast:   Anna Q. Nilsson (Dorothy Fairfax)  
    Milton Sills (Frank Howard)  
    Frank Campeau (Detective Jackson)  
    Walter Long (Peter Forbes)  
    Bert Woodruff (Patrick Joyce)  
    Aggie Herring (Mother Joyce)  
    Herschel Mayall (Captain Clark)  

Summary: Detective Jackson is taking Frank Howard from South America to New York to face a murder charge when their ship is wrecked. All escape the wreck but Jackson, Howard, and wealthy Dorothy Fairfax. The wreck drifts into the Sargasso Sea, where a fleet of derelicts is inhabited by some 50 people headed by Peter Forbes. To save Dorothy from marriage to Forbes, Frank defeats the ex--sea captain in a fight, then marries her himself, though in name only. Frank calls on his past experience to equip a submarine and make an escape. He wins Dorothy's love and proves his innocence. 

Production Company: Maurice Tourneur Productions  
Distribution Company: Associated First National Pictures  
Director: Maurice Tourneur (Dir)
  Scott R. Beal (Asst dir)
Producer: M. C. Levee (Pres)
  Ned Marin (Prod)
Writer: Charles Maigne (Scen)
Photography: Arthur Todd (Dir of photog)
Film Editor: Frank Lawrence (Film ed)
Set Decoration: Milton Menasco (Settings)
Country: United States

Source Text: Based on the novel The Isle of Dead Ships by Crittenden Marriott (Philadelphia, 1909).
Authors: Crittenden Marriott

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Maurice Tourneur Productions 13/3/1923 dd/mm/yyyy LP18766

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Genre: Melodrama
Subjects (Major): Detectives
  Sargasso Sea
  Sea captains
  Submarine boats

Note: Another adaptation of Crittenden Marriott's novel was made in 1929 by First National Pictures. Also entitled The Island of Lost Ships , that film starred Jason Robards and Virginia Valli (see entry above). 

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