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The Rescue (1929)

The English adventurer Tom Lingard gets involved with islanders on a South Seas island, and he also gets involved with Lady Edith and Mr. Travers, a sailing English couple. Tom has an ... See full summary »


Herbert Brenon


Joseph Conrad (novel), H.H. Caldwell (titles) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview:
Ronald Colman ... Tom Lingard
Lili Damita ... Lady Edith Travers
Alfred Hickman ... Mr. Travers
Theodore von Eltz ... Carter
John Davidson ... Hassim
Philip Strange Philip Strange ... D'Alacer
Bernard Siegel ... Jorgensen
Sôjin Kamiyama ... Daman (as Kamiyama Sojin)
Harry Cording ... Belarab
Laska Winter ... Immada
Duke Kahanamoku ... Jaffir
Louis Morrison ... Shaw
George Regas ... Wasub
Chris-Pin Martin ... Tenga


The English adventurer Tom Lingard gets involved with islanders on a South Seas island, and he also gets involved with Lady Edith and Mr. Travers, a sailing English couple. Tom has an unexpected love affair with Edith and while they are having this affair, Lady Edith husband's boat is destroyed and he is killed. Written by Robert

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From the throbbing pages of a master story-teller springs the drama of this thrilling tale of loving hearts- (Print ad- Morning Leader, ((Regina. Sask.)) 4 May 1929) See more »


Adventure | Romance


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Incomplete print exists (missing one reel) in The International Museum of Photography and Film at George Eastman House film archive. See more »


Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Ronald Colman (1962) See more »

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Unknown near-masterpiece deserves to be shown
27 August 2018 | by mgmaxSee all my reviews

You might expect Joseph Conrad to be an author whose darkly ironic tales of colonialism were turned to romantic mush by the silent movies, yet here's an outstanding, completely unknown 1929 silent by Herbert Brenon that conveys much of his worldview in the course of a tale of desperate sea adventure. Colman plays Tom Lingard, a sort of Bogartish, cynical both-sides-of-the-law trader in the South Seas; a yacht run by a rich jerk gets becalmed near a dangerous island, Colman wants to keep the navy (any navy) out of his territory and sets out to rescue them, falling in love with Lili Damita as the rich jerk's bored wife. (When Ralph Richardson played Lingard in Outcast of the Islands, he was more Old Testament Patriarch than To Have and Have Not.)

Given the date, I worried this would be the silent version of a sound film, and painfully dull; what it actually looks like is that they wrote a talkie script, then filmed it silently anyway. So there are scenes that are a bit static at first, and overreliant on titles, yet it soon grows more visual and, more importantly, retains Conrad's sensibility, depicting the blundering, destructive ways of western powers in the east without holding back for the sake of the romance. A mature, well-made film (said to be missing one reel, but there is only one jump in the narrative that looks like a scene or two is missing) that deserves rediscovery as a major late silent. Shown at Capitolfest in 2018, and mostly in very good condition, this would be a worthy title for any festival or archival series.

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Release Date:

12 January 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Culpas de Amor See more »


Box Office


$800,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (MovieTone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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