Human driftwood's basic premise is be nice to those who would want to do you in. The film opens with a wide view of the battlefield. It's present day WWI. The men of company 7 are in the ... See full summary »

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Human driftwood's basic premise is be nice to those who would want to do you in. The film opens with a wide view of the battlefield. It's present day WWI. The men of company 7 are in the trenches when the Camara focuses in on the hero, Major Bungles, who is sitting atop a pile of nerve gas bombs. "Have you ever seen corpses who done got themselves killed with the gas"? Their skin looks like wood. Their limbs are twisted and geotesque. Their faces have a horrible frozen grimace which once seen can never be forgotten. If you don't beleive me take a little walk with me and I'll show you the bodies that are floating down the stream. From afar they look like driftwood, yeah, human driftwood". The camara zooms in on Major Bungles, blurs and fades to black.

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10 April 1916 (USA)  »

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Human Driftwood (1916) - Lost ?
23 July 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Years after a brief affair with Myra ( Leonore Harris ), who stole $20,000 from him, Robert Hendricks ( Robert Warwick ) goes to Alaska to reform a lawless mining town. After failing to recognize Myra, who runs a dance hall there, Robert falls in love with her niece Velma ( Frances Nelson ), for whom Myra has already arranged a marriage with the wealthy, unscrupulous Lief Bergson ( Albert S. Hart ). As a result, when Robert goes to Myra for permission to marry Velma, she reveals her own true identity, and tells him that Velma is really the child born from their short romance. Then, after Lief comes to carry off Velma, he and Robert start shooting at each other. Myra is killed during the fight, but before she dies, she confesses that Velma really is not Robert's daughter. Robert then kills Lief by throwing him into an icy river, and after-ward, he and Velma finally make plans for their marriage.

This 1916 silent drama was produced by the Shubert Film Corporation and starred Leonore Harris, Robert Warwick and Frances Nelson. The survival status of Human Driftwood is listed as unknown, sadly suggesting it may now be a lost silent film.


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