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November 1920 (USA) See more »
Notorious pirate Joaquin Santos lives by the saying, "Dead Men Tell No Tales". He conspires with the... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Catherine Calvert ... Eva Dennison
Percy Marmont ... George Stevenson Cole

Holmes Herbert ... Squire John Rattray (as Holmes E. Herbert)

Gustav von Seyffertitz ... Señor Joaquin (as George von Seyffertitz)
Manuel Santos 'Santos'
Walter James ... José

Roy Applegate ... Capt. Harris
India Wakara ... Jane Braithwaite
Bernard Siegel ... Braithwaite

Directed by
Tom Terriss 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
George Randolph Chester  screenplay
George Randolph Chester  titles
Lillian Christy Chester  screenplay (as Lillian Randolph Chester)
Lillian Christy Chester  titles (as Lillian Randolph Chester)
E.W. Hornung  novel

Produced by
Albert E. Smith .... producer
Cinematography by
Ernest Haller 
Film Editing by
George Randolph Chester 
Lillian Christy Chester  (as Lillian Randolph Chester)
Other crew
Albert E. Smith .... presenter

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USA:70 min
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Tragic Loss for Silent Cinema, 24 June 2015
Author: Pamela Short from Canada

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

"Dead men tell no tales" is the doctrine of pirate Señor Joaquin Santos ( George Von Seyffertitz ) who enlists Squire John Rattray ( Holmes Herbert ) in his plan to ransack the gold shipment from the Lady Jermyn and then destroy the ship and its crew. Because of his love for Santos' daughter Eve ( Catherine Calvert ), Rattray reluctantly agrees to pick up the villains and their loot in his private yacht. Among the unsuspecting passengers aboard the doomed ship is George Cole ( Percy Marmont ), who also falls in love with Eve. At the appointed time, the ship is blown up, and everyone is lost except for Cole, who begins to search for Eve. He discovers them secreted at Rattray's and after several close calls, both he and Eve escape and are reunited at last.

This 1920 pirate/adventure was filmed by the Vitagraph Company of America. Contemporary news stories recorded that the shipwrecking scene was shot under U.S. Navy supervision with twelve cameras on the Hudson River near Riverdale, New York. Some location photography was taken in Bar Harbor, Maine, and the Rattray Hall scenes were taken at the Pembroke House in Oakdale, Long Island, New York. The loss of this historical film is truly a tragedy for early silent cinema.

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