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  Sam de Grasse.
Photograph: Silent Era image collection.
The Wreck of the Hesperus
(1927) American
B&W : Seven reels / 6447 feet
Directed by Elmer Clifton

Cast: Sam de Grasse [Captain David Slocum], Virginia Bradford [Gale Slocum], Francis Ford [John Hazzard], Frank Marion [John Hazzard Jr.], Alan Hale [Singapore Jack], Ethel Wales [Deborah Slocum], Josephine Norman [the bride], Milton Holmes [Zeke], James Aldine (Jimmy Aldine) [the cabin boy], Budd Fine [the first mate], Slim Summerville

DeMille Pictures Corporation production; distributed by Pathé Exchange, Incorporated. / Scenario by Harry Carr, from the story adaptation by John Farrow of the poem “The Wreck of the Hesperus” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Production supervisor, Harry Carr. Production manager, Harry Poppe. Art direction by Stephen Goosson. Costume design by Adrian. Assistant director, Leigh Smith. Cinematography by John Mescall (John J. Mescall). Intertitles by John Krafft (John W. Krafft). Edited by Eleanor Hall. / © 27 October 1927 by DeMille Pictures Corporation [LP24577]. Released 31 October 1927. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.37:1 format. / Silent film.

Drama: Historical-Romance.

Reviews: [Photoplay, February 1928, page 54] Remember “Down to the Sea in Ships”? Elmer Clifton, the man who made that classic, transformed Longfellow’s poem into celluloid. The sea storm is superb, a glorious motion picture achievement. Virginia Bradford is lovely as the captain’s daughter. Here she proves to be one of the most promising young people in films. They have changed Longfellow’s verse, but you will like the spirit of the sea. // [Photoplay, May 1928, page 118; and Photoplay, June 1928, page 133] Elmer Clifton, who made “Down to the Sea in Ships,” has again turned out some glorious sea stuff. Longfellow’s ballad has been movie-ized, but you’ll like Virginia Bradford.

Survival status: (unknown)

Current rights holder: (unknown)

Listing updated: 6 July 2010.

References: ClasIm-225 p. C8; Photoplay-192802 p. 54; Photoplay-192805 p. 118; Photoplay-192806 p. 133 : Website-AFI; Website-IMDb.

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