When her traveling theatrical group goes broke, Poppy, an actress in the troupe, finds herself stranded in Singapore. She's reduced to working in a bar in the seedy part of town as a "... See full summary »

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When her traveling theatrical group goes broke, Poppy, an actress in the troupe, finds herself stranded in Singapore. She's reduced to working in a bar in the seedy part of town as a "hostess", where she meets a down-on-his-luck Englishman. While drunk he gets into a fight, and is forced to kill his opponent in self-defense. The girl helps him escape and goes to Sam, a shady plantation owner, to try to get them out of Singapore. However, Sam has his own plans for Poppy, and they don't include potential rivals for her affections. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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16 August 1925 (USA)  »

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Almas Errantes  »

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The Half-Way Girl (1925) -Lost ?
2 April 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Disillusioned by war and a faithless woman, Philip Douglas Guthrie ( Lloyd Hughes ), the son of the Superintendent of Singapore Police, gets drunk in a dive and accidentally kills the owner when he attempts to take Philip's wallet. Philip goes into hiding under the name of Douglas and meets Poppy La Rue ( Doris Kenyon ), a member of a stranded theatrical troupe who has been forced by poverty to become a hostess in a low dive. Poppy and Philip fall in love, and she helps him to find refuge on a steamer bound for Penang. Going back for Philip's luggage, she is discovered by Phillip's father, who mistakes her for an adventuress and sends her into the Singapore red light district. She escapes from a house of ill repute and gets on the steamer. The boat blows up, and, after surviving several hazards, Philip and Poppy are reunited. Philip is reconciled with his father, and Poppy forgives the old man for having misjudged her motives.

This 1925 silent drama was produced by First National Pictures, starring Doris Kenyon. For the exciting scene in the story when the boat is blown up, First National Pictures purchased from the U.S. government The Corvallis, a 270-foot wooden-hulled freighter that was surplus from World War I. Under the supervision of the United States Coast Guard, the Corvallis was towed 45 miles offshore, loaded with dynamite, and blown up while the cameras rolled. After the explosion, the stern remained afloat and had to be sunk by the Coast Guard. The survival status of The Half-Way Girl is listed as a lost silent film. Hopefully a copy survives and resurfaces for public viewing.


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