A bit overly melodramatic in spots, but otherwise pretty good.
Richard Barthelmess plays Eric Fane, the son of a rich guy who is pressuring him to come work with him. Instead, Eric longs to be a famous composer. However, after a year in Europe working on his craft, his father is cutting him off unless he comes to work. Eric, with the help of some princess, chooses instead to be poor and miserable and work on his songs. While he has some success, his work still isn't all that good and only after he goes to the South Seas does he discover his muse...Teita (Bessie Love). She's a simple native girl and adores him...and vice-versa. But there's a serious problem looming...she might just be a leper!
This one just screams 'melodrama' and at times this is poured on very thick. But, if you don't take it all too seriously, it is enjoyable and worth seeing...and available for free download from archive.org.
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