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The Coffin Ship (1911) Online

The Coffin Ship (1911) Online
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The Coffin Ship
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The Coffin Ship (1911) Online

A wealthy ship owner cared for but two things in life, his gold and his daughter. But his selfish love of the girl led him to frown upon her suitors, while his greed for gold induced him to follow a niggardly policy so far as his ships were concerned. He insured them, it is true, but he begrudged the money he spent for repairs. He looked at it from the viewpoint that sailors were cheap, and could more easily be replaced than the money of which he was so fond. Therefore, when one of his captains insisted upon repairs being made, he was gruffly rebuffed. The owner told him that he could sail the ship as it was or hunt another job, and the captain decided to stick to the ship, hoping that things were not as bad as he had imagined them to be. For the captain was married, although the fact had been kept a secret. His bride was none other than the daughter of his employer, the miser ship owner, and they were waiting for a favorable chance to break the news to him. The girl wanted to sail ...
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William Garwood William Garwood

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One seldom sees on the films a better story that this might easily have been. It has a tensely dramatic situation. The daughter of the miserly owner of "the coffin ship" has secretly married its captain and has stowed-away in order to be with him. When her father gets her note he is despair; but this is not represented with very telling power. The worst faults of the film are in the conduct of the wreck and rescue episodes. The waterlogged ship just before the raft is launched is too plainly aground; there is no suggestion of danger. The story didn't need that scene at all. The raft would hardly have kept the captain and his wife afloat on the sea for an hour; and it might easily have been larger. The ship which rescued them didn't seem to be afloat, nor was it necessary for the film to picture it. The story is an old one and as such will be likely to be received more critically than would a new story. Yet as it is, it is very interesting and will be acceptable. - The Moving Picture World, July 1, 1911