Out of the Storm (1920 film)

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Out of the Storm is a lost[1] 1920 American silentdrama film directed by William Parke, and starring Barbara Castleton, John Bowers, and Sidney Ainsworth. It is an adaptation of Gertrude Atherton‘s 1910 novel Tower of Ivory.[2]

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1920 film directed by William Parke
Out of the Storm

A scene from the film
Directed by William Parke
Written by J.E. Nash
Based on Tower of Ivory
by Gertrude Atherton
Starring Barbara Castleton
John Bowers
Sidney Ainsworth
Cinematography André Barlatier
Edited by Frank E. Hull
Production
company
Eminent Authors Pictures
Distributed by Goldwyn Pictures Corporation
Release date
June 1920
Running time
50 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

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As described in a film magazine,[3] Margaret Hill (Castleton), a singer in a disreputable cafe, attracts the attention of Al Levering (Ainsworth), and he offers to have her voice cultivated. At the end of several years Levering is arrested for embezzlement, and confesses that he stole to give Margaret her chance. While he is serving his sentence Margaret finishes her musical education and tours England, where she meets John Ordham (Bowers), who saved her from drowning in a shipwreck while en route to Europe. Levering escapes from jail and goes to London to claim his protege. To protect Ordham from the wrath of Levering, she tells the Englishman that Levering is her husband. Police pick up the trail of the ex-convict and while he is trying to make his escape he is killed. This leaves nothing in the way of the love between Margaret and Ordham.

In the original text, Tower of Ivory (1910) by Gertrude Atherton, Margaret Hill and John Ordham would meet on a boat and fall in love. However, they become separated due to a shipwreck, and would reunite 5 years later by accident at Hill’s concert. Ordham would then approach Hill and ask for her hand in marriage. This is different from the film, in which Ordham would rescue Hill from the shipwreck, and that event would be the one that sparked their romantic relationship.[3] The director likely made this change to decrease run-time and add a suspenseful sea rescue scene, which proved to be the right idea since that scene in particular was praised by critics.

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