Patsy Brand is a chorus girl at the Pleasure Garden music hall. She meets Jill Cheyne who is down on her luck and gets her a job as a dancer. Jill is engaged to adventurer Hugh Fielding and... See full summary »
Despite their differing backgrounds, fisherman Pete and lawyer Philip have been life long friends on the Isle of Man. Pete wants to marry Kate, the landlord's daughter at the local inn, however Kate's father doesn't think he is good enough. Pete leaves the island to seek his fortune abroad and entrusts Kate to Philip, but they start to be attracted to each other. Written by
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Two key lines in the film have no intertitles, the viewer having to lip-read them. About 64 minutes into the film Kate reveals to Philip, "Philip, I am going to have a baby." Four minutes later she reveals to her husband Pete, "I am going to have a baby". See more »
The doctor's hands are holding the back of the rocking chair before telling Pete the news about the baby. In the next shot of Pete's face no hands are seen on the chair. See more »
Still the staunchest friends, they fought side by side for the cause of the lowly fisherfolk.
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This film is one of the finest examples of how refined a medium silent cinema actually was. There is nothing clumsy or primitive in this one, the complicated, almost "soapy" story is told extremely fluently in images alone (with the help of the odd caption).
Granted it does not exhibit the same sort of liberated camera movements than Sunrise or The Crowd, but nevertheless The Manxman has sustained a degree of freshness totally missing from most of the early talkies.
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