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Under Crimson Skies (1920)

The captain of a sailing ship has an affair with the wife of one of his passengers, and gets mixed up in a mutiny at sea and a revolution.



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Cast overview:
... Captain Yank Barstow
... Vance Clayton (as Harry van Meter)
Mabel Ballin ... Helen Clayton
Nancy Caswell ... Peg Clayton
... Dead Sight Burke
Paul Weigel ... Plum Duff Hargis
Dick La Reno ... Second Mate
... Baltimore Bucko
Beatrice Dominguez ... Island Girl
Ethel Irving ... (as Ethelyn Irving)


The captain of a sailing ship has an affair with the wife of one of his passengers, and gets mixed up in a mutiny at sea and a revolution.

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Release Date:

6 July 1920 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Cruz do Sul  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Produced by Great Western, but promoted as a Universal Jewel Production. Universal, not owning a theater chain, utilized a 3-tiered brand system to sell its product through the end of 1929: Red Feather (low budget programmers), Bluebird (mainstream) and Jewel (big budget prestige pictures designed to command higher roadshow ticket prices). See more »


Referenced in Moran of the Lady Letty (1922) See more »

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Under Crimson Skies (1920) -- Lost Silent Film ?
28 June 2015 | by See all my reviews

This 1920 silent adventure/drama was produced by the Universal Film Manufacturing Company. Sadly it remains a lost film and all I can offer the reader is this brief synopsis.

Captain Yank Barstow ( Elmo Lincoln ) and his unruly crew set sail for Yucatan carrying Vance Clayton ( Harry Von Meter ), his wife Helen ( Mabel Ballin ) and child Peg ( Nancy Caswell ) as their only passengers. Clayton is transporting a shipment of pianos and when Barstow learns that they are loaded with contraband arms for the rebels, he keeps silent, having fallen in love with Helen during the voyage. Before reaching shore, the crew attempts a mutiny and, in suppressing the uprising, Barstow shoots one of the men. When they dock, Barstow is arrested, tried for assault and sentenced to five years in prison. He escapes, however, and reaches the shore on an island inhabited by beach combers and political exiles. Upon hearing that a revolution has erupted on the mainland, Barstow leads the beach combers against the rebels, saving the American Embassy. During the uprising, Clayton is killed, freeing Helen to spend her life with the man she loves.

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