Vintage original 11 x 14 in. US lobby card from the 1920s silent film drama, ISLAND WIVES, released in 1922 by the Vitagraph Company of America and directed by Webster Campbell.
The image depicts Elsa Melton (Corinne Griffith) raising her arms above her head in anger towards her husband, Jimmy (Charles Trowbridge) reacts to her display of emotion. It is unrestored in very good+ condition.
*"Island Wives is a lost 1922 American silent adventure drama film directed by Webster Campbell and starring Corinne Griffith. The Vitagraph Company of America produced and distributed. Some of the film was shot in Florida. The famous writer John Galsworthy played a role in this film.
As described in a film magazine, Elsa (Griffith) and Jimmy Melton (Trowbridge) live on the isle of Tahiti where Jimmy is the assistant manager of a trading station. Elsa longs for the cool of the North where she can wear fine clothes and associate with her people. Her husband goes to a distant island where he is overtaken by a terrific storm. Elsa, terrified, goes down to the beach where she is overcome by exhaustion. She is picked up by Hitchens (Fellowes), the owner of a passing yacht. Thinking her husband is dead after using Hitchens' radio, she later marries Hitchens. In San Francisco, she learns that Hitchens has other affairs and threatens to divorce him. He then tells her that their marriage is not legal as they were married by the captain while within the three-mile limit of land. Hitchens plans another trip to Tahiti and Elsa accompanies him. On the island she meets Jimmy, who survived the storm's fury. He accepts Elsa's explanation and follows Hitchens, who jumps into the sea and is killed by a shark. Elsa and Jimmy are happily reunited when Jimmy is transferred to Sydney, where Elsa will no longer be an island wife."
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