John Tobin's Sweetheart (1913)

A man marooned on a South Seas island finds himself fighting off attacks by a native tribe and falling in love with a native princess.


George D. Baker


Allen Johnston (story)


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Cast overview:
Hughie Mack ... John Tobin I
John Bunny ... John Tobin II
Flora Finch ... Lizzie
Charles Brown Charles Brown
Josie Sadler Josie Sadler
Clara Kimball Young ... Cameo Appearance


Bidding Lizzie, his sweetheart, a fond farewell and promising ever to be true to her, John Tobin, a fat middle-aged sailor, goes off on his ship, bound for foreign lands. The ship is wrecked and John is cast up on the shores of a cannibal island in the South Seas, the sole survivor from the wreck. He is captured by the king of the tribe. Etumalivo, who decides that he has a nice fat morsel for dinner. Just as he is about to be put into the pot, the king's daughter catches sight of him and begs his life from her father. His life is spared by the king and Tobin becomes the chief of his bodyguard. When a hostile tribe makes war upon the island, Tobin scares the savages away by firing his revolver, which the king regards as magic. As a reward for his services the king tells him to marry the princess. Lizzie, having waited two years for John's return, marries a retired sea captain and lives very happily with him until his death a few years later. She bethinks herself of her old lover and ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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19 September 1913 (USA) See more »

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The scenes on this tropical island were especially good
22 November 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A very pleasing character comedy, with Hughey Mack, Flora Finch and John Bunny in the leading roles. Hughey is a sailor, in love with Flora. He is cast up on an island, captured by the natives and forced to marry the princess. The scenes on this tropical island were especially good, though rather wanting in action. Flora waits ten years for her lover, and then marries Bunny, mistaking him for Hughey. The photography is excellent and as a comedy this is successful. - The Moving Picture World, October 4, 1913

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