Cast & Crew
John S. Robertson
Young Anson Campbell returns from a theological seminary to a New England coastal village, where he is swayed by the call of the sea. When the bigoted villagers scorn Bess Morgan, a fallen woman, he champions her, espousing a broad view of Christianity, but is rejected by the puritanical inhabitants. He ships out aboard a convict ship, and discovering the rejected girl aboard, he exacts from her a promise not to revert to her old life. When she can no longer resist the advances of the ship's captain, Bess kills herself, effecting Anson's return to prayer and faith. Anson engages in a battle with the captain atop a mast; and taking over the ship, he converts the convicts and returns home to marry his sweetheart, Mary Phillips.
John S. Robertson
Sam De Grasse
Hanson was no stranger to playing men of the cloth, having played Reverend Dimmesdale in The Scarlet Letter the year before, opposite Lillian Gish as Hester Prynne. The Swedish-born Hanson (1886-1965) was brought to the U.S. by MGM after the international success of The Saga of Gosta Berling (1924), in which he starred opposite Greta Garbo. He appeared in a half-dozen American films before returning to Europe with the advent of sound, where he remained active in films into the 1940s.
Starke (1901-1977) entered films in 1916 and worked her way up from extra to leading lady in films directed by Frank Borzage, Maurice Tourneur and others. Her stardom came to an end with the "talkies," and she made only occasional film appearances in the 1930s and '40s. Torrence (1878-1933) was born in Scotland and gained fame as an operatic baritone before entering Hollywood films in the early 1920s. He often played villainous parts, including Captain Hook in Peter Pan (1924) and Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes (1932). His final film appearance was in I Cover the Waterfront (1933).
Director: John S. Robertson
Screenplay: Jack Cunningham, John Colton (titles), based on the novel by Frederick William Wallace
Cinematography: William H. Daniels
Editing: William Hamilton
Art Direction: Cedric Gibbons, Leo K. Kuter
Costume Design: André-ani
Principal Cast: Lars Hanson (Anson Campbell), Marceline Day (Mary Phillips), Pauline Starke (Bess Morgan), Ernest Torrence (Captain), George Fawcett (Zeke Crosby).
by Roger Fristoe