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Jumping the Shark
18 April 2011 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

On a South Pacific island, "White Master" Holmes Herbert (as John Lancaster) manages his plantation while waiting for beloved British socialite Margaret Livingston (as Diane Garrett) to arrive for a planned wedding. However, she enjoys the company of many men, and breaks the engagement. Stood up by his sweetheart, Mr. Cook rejects aggressive native girl Natalie Joyce (as Taya). Ms. Joyce has been promised to shark-fighting native Frank Hagney (as Gamboa), but she desires her "White Master" more. While Joyce makes her availability known, Ms. Livingston is shipwrecked on the island after when a yacht party crashes...

"Through the Breakers" deals with interracial passion, but contains little passion. The scenes meant to be thrilling are, instead, laughable. Rubbery-legged Clyde Cook (as Eustis Hobbs) appears intermittently as comic relief. He runs after native women and dances. The main story becomes a contest between the "white-skinned" and "brown-skinned" women. Both seem almost suicidal in their desire for Herbert. At one point Livingston throws herself into a shark-infested lagoon so Herbert can revive her with kisses to the neck. Joyce is even hungrier than the sharks, who never pose any real threat to anyone, anyway.

*** Through the Breakers (9/28/28) Joseph C. Boyle ~ Margaret Livingston, Holmes Herbert, Natalie Joyce, Frank Hagney


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