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Godless Men (1920)

Passed | | Drama | November 1920 (USA)
Sea rover, "Black" Pawl, returns from a cruise with his young son, "Red," to find that his wife has left him for another man. He tries to instill in his son a hatred for humanity resulting ... See full summary »

Director:

Reginald Barker

Writers:

Ben Ames Williams (story "Black Pawl"), J.G. Hawks | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Russell Simpson ... 'Black' Pawl
Jim Mason ... 'Red' Pawl (as James Mason)
Helene Chadwick ... Ruth Lytton
John Bowers ... Dan Darrin
Alec B. Francis ... Rev. Sam Poor
Bob Kortman ... Seaman Speiss (as Robert Kortman)
Irene Rich ... 'Black Pawl's' Wife
Lionel Belmore ... Seaman Neighbor
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Sea rover, "Black" Pawl, returns from a cruise with his young son, "Red," to find that his wife has left him for another man. He tries to instill in his son a hatred for humanity resulting in an hostility between father and son so great that Black fears that his son may kill him. Years later, Black puts ashore at a South Sea Island, and Red is approached by a lovely young girl and a missionary, Reverend Poor, begging to be taken aboard. Red, his lust aroused, consents. When Dan Darrin, the second mate, also is attracted to Ruth, there ensues between Black and his son a fight during which the girl's locket reveals that she is Black's daughter. Black relates the story of his life to the missionary, who tries to instill in him a love for God. Written by Pamela Short

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1920 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Pawl See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A 35mm print of this film exists in a private collection. See more »

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Like Father, Like Son
4 July 2013 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Black Pawl (Russell Simpson) and his son, Red Pawl (Jim Mason) are the captain and first mate of a schooner on which comes Helene Chadwick, looking for passage back to the states. There is plenty of anger and action from a rebellious crew in this fair melodrama.

What makes it worthwhile is some very beautiful photography by Percy Hilburn, who would be the cinematographer of the silent BEN-HUR. The scenes shot above deck, dramatically tinted in the Grapevine Video edition I saw, are quite lovely. They show why a lot of film makers wished to film on the open water -- alas, the sea rarely seemed to cooperate with their schedules. Often, something would go wrong, usually bad weather, to hold up their schedules and make this sort of shoot ruinously expensive.

The weather seemed to cooperate this time and the audience can see the attraction.


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