Scarlet Seas

Scarlet Seas is a surviving[1] 1929 American silent romantic adventure film produced by Richard A. Rowland and distributed by First National Pictures. The picture was directed by John Francis Dillon. It starred Richard Barthelmess, Betty Compson, and a teen-aged Loretta Young. This film was released with a Vitaphone soundtrack of music and effects which survive. Originally, the film was presumed lost.[2][3][4]

Scarlet Seas
Film poster
Directed byJohn Francis Dillon
Produced byRichard A. Rowland
Written byBradley King (scenario)
Louis Stevens (intertitles)
Story byW. Scott Darling
StarringRichard Barthelmess
Betty Compson
Loretta Young
Music byKarl Hajos
CinematographySol Polito
Frank Bangs (still photography)
Edited byJack Gardner
Edward Schroeder
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Release date
  • January 12, 1929 (1929-01-12)
Running time
7 reels (6,337 feet)
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)



  • Shorty English as Sailor

Preservation status

The film was long thought to be lost. A print has been discovered in Italy at Cineteca Italiana.


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