It is my ambition to add as many silent film synopsis of films that have a survival status of unknown or presumed lost. I try to do as much research as I can and it is not my intention to deceive anyone, for sometimes the film does exist. I am more than delighted if someone has knowledge of a film listed as lost but survives, as I wish all silent films did survive. I hope the reader enjoys this brief synopsis.
When the captain of the Setuckit Life Saving Station on Cape Cod retires, Calvin Homer ( Warner Baxter ), the second in command, expects to be promoted; but the appointment goes instead to Bartlett ( Wallace Beery ), a religious fanatic who has been the recipient of a good deal of favourable newspaper publicity. Calvin hands in his resignation, but Norma ( Lois Wilson ), Bartlett's daughter, persuades him to stay on. Calvin falls in love with Norma, and Myra Fuller ( Phyllis Haver ), the village vamp, breaks off her engagement to him. During a big storm, a vessel in distress is sighted, but Bartlett, overcome by cowardice, refuses to send out a rescue team. Calvin takes the men out and effects the rescue. Bartlett is discharged, and Calvin is appointed to replace him. Driven insane by his experiences, Bartlett ventures out in a small boat in rough water, and Calvin rescues him. The old man dies from exposure, and Norma, having realized that Calvin was not responsible for her father's disgrace, seeks refuge in his strong arms.
This 1925 silent drama was based from the novel Rugged Water by Joseph Crosby Lincoln, produced by the Famous Players-Lasky Corporation, starring Lois Wilson, Warner Baxter and Wallace Beery. The survival status of Rugged Water is sadly now listed as presumed lost.
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