Mary has just gotten engaged to sailor Henry Walthall when along comes shipwrecked Edward Dillon, whom Mary fancies, but Dillon leaves because Walthall saved him and gave him a drink. But Walthall doesn't realize this and tries to drown him, to everyone's regret.
Mary plays a lusty wench in this one, walking around with her shoulders held back, throwing glances over her shoulder and I can't quite bring myself to believe this performance, since it is sweet little Mary Pickford, but she does her usual fine job in the interior scenes.
Interestingly enough, while most of Griffith's films shot at the seashore are quite beautiful, this one is shot among shacks and battered pilings, showing off the rough and strong emotions of the individuals concerned.
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