The Half-Way Girl
|The Half-Way Girl|
|Directed by||John Francis Dillon|
|Produced by||Earl Hudson|
|Screenplay by||Joseph F. Poland|
|Story by||E. Lloyd Sheldon|
|Cinematography||George J. Folsey|
|Edited by||Marion Fairfax|
|Distributed by||First National|
|Language||Silent (English intertitles)|
Doris Kenyon plays Poppy La Rue, an actress who winds up stranded in Singapore when her theatrical troupe goes bust. She winds up in the Red-light district where she works as a "hostess" (generally a silent film era euphemism for prostitute), where she meets Philip Douglas, a down-at-the-heels Brit (Lloyd Hughes).
While drunk, he kills a man in self-defense, and Poppy helps him to escape. Jardine (Sam Hardy), a plantation owner, is determined to have Poppy, and when she wants to escape from the Oriental underworld, he offers to help, provided she accompanies him to Penang. They board a ship. Douglas is also on board and when a fire breaks out in the hold, he rescues Poppy from Jardine's advances. They manage to get in a lifeboat just before the ship explodes, and are picked up by a passing vessel. Douglas' father (Hobart Bosworth) wants the couple to separate, but finally he accepts Poppy as his daughter-in-law.
Cast and crew
- Directed by: John Francis Dillon
- Cinematography by: George J. Folsey (as George Folsey)
- Film Editing by: Marion Fairfax
- Art Direction by: Milton Menasco
The spectacular fire aboard an ocean liner was shot in color, and to make it even more exciting, a leopard also breaks free on the ship. The Corvallis, a 270-foot wooden-hulled freighter that was surplus from World War I, was purchased from the U.S. government by First National Pictures for a fraction of its original cost. First National Pictures bought it for the sole purpose of blowing it up in The Half-Way Girl. In June 1925, under the supervision of the United States Coast Guard, the Corvallis, now renamed for the film as the Mandalay, was towed 45 miles offshore, loaded with dynamite, and blown up while the cameras rolled. After the explosion, the stern remained afloat and had to be sunk by the Coast Guard. It was claimed that blowing up an actual ship saved $25,000 over the cost of creating the scene using miniatures.
This is a lost film with no archive holdings.
- The AFI Catalog of Feature Films: The Half-Way Girl
- Cushing, Charles Phelps (October 25, 1925). "Reviews: Dynamiting the Mandalay". Picture-Play Magazine. New York City: Stree & Smith Corporation. 23 (1): 97, 112.
- The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: The Half-Way Girl
- The Half-Way Girl at Lost Film Files: Lost First National Films - 1925
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