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Buried Treasure (1921)

Strung around the idea of reincarnation, this film goes back in time to the days of the Spanish galleons and pirates burying their treasure; treasure to be found centuries later.

Director:

George D. Baker

Writers:

F. Britten Austin (short story) (as Frederick Britten Austin), George D. Baker (adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Marion Davies ... Pauline Vandermuellen
Norman Kerry ... Dr. John Grant
Anders Randolf ... William Vandermuellen
Edith Shayne Edith Shayne ... Mrs. Vandermuellen
Earl Schenck ... Joeffrey Vandermuellen
John Charles ... Duc de Chavannes
Thomas Findley Thomas Findley ... The Captain (as Thomas Findlay)
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Strung around the idea of reincarnation, this film goes back in time to the days of the Spanish galleons and pirates burying their treasure; treasure to be found centuries later. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 April 1921 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kätketty aarre See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Edward Lorusso produced a limited DVD release of this Marion Davies film in 2017 and composed the score with David Drazin. See more »

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Referenced in Captured on Film: The True Story of Marion Davies (2001) See more »

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Beauteous Marion Davies
23 September 2016 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Exciting story about reincarnation casts Marion Davies as a current-day rich girl named Pauline prone to odd trance-like moments and a liking for "sunny Spain." Films starts with a procession of ancient times and women who have reincarnated thru the ages to become Pauline. Story then starts with Pauline dressing up for a masquerade party.

The main characters are introduced to include her parents and brother, a young doctor (Norman Kerry), and a fortune-hunting European duke. Daddy (Anders Randolf) wants Pauline to marry the duke, but she has a yen for the young (and poor) doctor. With daddy still insisting on a marriage, they all set sail on a massive yacht.

Then one night Pauline goes into a trance and starts to write in her diary but she has no idea what she's doing. When she comes to, she discovers a curious scrawl and shows her mother. Accidentally they discover the note has been written backwards. The note seems to indicate a spot where a treasure chest was buried hundreds of years ago.

They set sail toward the island. But Pauline keeps having premonitions and seeing visions. She "sees" the pirate ship mutiny in which her brother is killed and the burial of the treasure. She also sees that her father was the infamous pirate El Diablo and that her young husband is killed and buried with the treasure.

How many of these visions will come true? Is there really a treasure buried on the distant island? Based on a short story by F. Britten Austin in which the hero and heroine face a tragic ending, but since the final reel of the film is missing, we have only contemporary reviews to give us a hint at the ending.

Great production values (by Joseph Urban) and West Coast filming add a lot. Davies is terrific as usual. Randolf and Kerry are fine. Edith Shayne plays the mother, Earl Schenck the brother, John Charles plays the Duke, and Thomas Findlay plays the captain.


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