Through the Breakers


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Owen Davis' 1898 barnstormer about a fun-loving socialite turned castaway on her former fiancee's South Seas island came to the screens in 1928 courtesy of poverty row company Gotham Productions. Margaret Livingston, who played the vamp in Murnau's Sunrise (also 1928), here acted Diane Garrett, the spoiled London society belle who promises John Lancaster to marry him on his faraway island. Time passes and Diane cannot make herself give up the social whirl. She does take an ocean journey, however, and soon finds herself a castaway on Lancaster's island. There is a jealous native girl (Natalie Joyce), but she is soon killed off and Diane decides that her proper place is at John's arms. In a bit of inventive casting, the role of the romantic male lead was awarded Clyde Cook, the rubber-limbed Australian comic, here appearing sans his trademark toothbrush moustache. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi

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