This movie doesn't stand still long enough to ever get dull for very long.
House Peters plays Peter Rosslyn, a rich guy who owns a yacht and has only Chinese crewmen because they are subservient and loyal. (Racial stereotype?) He's in a relationship with Patsy Ruth Miller, who made her mark by playing the gypsy in the Lon Chaney version of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame". In this movie, she has shorter hair, but as I understand it, that was the style then.
She wants Peter to propose. He's a bit reluctant, though. He's headstrong and stubborn, but so is she. A fortune hunter named Worthington Dean proposes and she accepts.
We next see Peter meeting with what I guess is his brain trust, the Van Pelt brothers. They've let Peter know that Worthington has proposed (Peter was on his yacht at the time) and he lets them know he'll try to do something about it.
It's not really certain what exactly he does, but he has Worthington somehow restrained. He then sort of kidnaps Patsy Ruth, who is none too pleased. He tries to get her to be subservient and she's even less pleased about that.
Not too long after this, the Van Pelt brothers, who have apparently restrained Worthington. However, Worthington breaks free and says he will take Patsy Ruth back if it takes the U.S. Navy.
Just about the next thing we see are naval ships heading toward his yacht. Panicked, Peter shoots at them, but they come on board and try Peter on kidnapping charges.
Patsy Ruth has a look that could kill on her face as she approaches the trial and points an accusing finger at Peter. The naval court finds him guilty and he's just about to be hung!! About that time he wakes up. It was all a dream. Eventually, he and Patsy Ruth get close and a storm comes up. Patsy Ruth ends up all wet and sick. Peter, not quite the heel he's made out to be after all, has her seen about.
In about a week or so, Patsy Ruth is on the mend and the nurse caring for her tells her that Peter had stolen her away from Worthington. She and Peter hug and that's the end.
I gave this movie a "7". It would have gotten higher, but the action...too much of a good thing, really.
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