- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 28 minutes
- Video: Black & White / Color
- Released: January 12, 2010
- Originally Released: 1924
- Label: Warner Archives
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
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Description by OLDIES.com:
While sailing along the Georgia coast, a widower (Frank Mayo) not quite over the untimely death of his wife anchors off a small inlet in search of fresh water. There he finds a dilapidated mansion, a beautiful Southern belle (Virginia Valli), her terror-stricken grandfather (Nigel de Brulier) and a homicidal maniac (Charles A. Post) who won't let anyone leave the mainland alive. Fear and desires run deep in this steamy melodrama from director King Vidor, who shot on actual Florida locations to capture the humidified atmosphere of the source novel. Vidor, whose career began in 1913, went on to make the classics The Big Parade, The Crowd, Hallelujah, Duel in the Sun and The Fountainhead. When he finally retired in 1980, he entered the record books as the longest working director in film history.
It's a pity that there are apparently no longer any public copies available of this suspense drama by King Vidor because at the time of its release, its sophisticated approach to filmmaking impressed critics and fans alike. It takes place at a bay near the Georgia swamps, where John Woolfolk (Frank Mayo) lands in his yacht. After the death of his wife in an accident he had taken a cruise with just one friend, Paul Halvard (Ford Sterling). When Woolfolk goes ashore for water, he discovers old Lichfield Stope (Nigel de Brulier) and his granddaughter, Nellie (Virginia Valli), who are virtually being held prisoner by Iscah Nicholas, a half-crazed, half-childlike homicidal maniac (Charles A. Post). Woolfolk tries to help the girl, but when he comes back to shore, he finds that Nicholas has killed Stope and tied Nellie to a bed. Woolfolk fights the brute and takes Nellie to his yacht, but Nicholas follows after them. He shoots at the boat, injuring Halvard, and is finally killed by a mad dog that breaks its leash and attacks him.