William Collier Jr.
Lowell Sherman, William Collier, Jr; and Lawrence Gray
Eddie Gribbon, Lawrence Gray and William Collier, Jr.
Dorothy Mackaill and Gail Kane
William Collier, Jr. and Vincent Serrano
Lawrence Gray and Dorothy Mackaill
William Collier, Jr. and Lawrence Gray
Dorothy Mackaill, Lawrence Gray and unknown
Dorothy Mackaill (right)
Dorothy Mackaill (center)
Dorothy Mackaill (bottom)
THEY'RE still taking the Hollywood boys into the trenches and over the high seas. It seems that the late unpleasantness in Europe cannot help being glorified in celluloid. The latest entry is "Convoy," which is advertised as the "Big Parade of the Navy." It packs away a deal of stirring adventure -- what with its naval atmosphere -- and the sea battles, not forgetting the exploitations of the spies.
As for the plot it is not so much. It is nothing more than a skeleton upon which hangs the spectacular trimmings. The submarines, the sub chasers -- and the operations of the German Secret Service -- those all help in carrying out the realistic touch. The central figure is a girl whose brother and best pal have enlisted in the navy. It is her job to discover the plotting by the enemy spy who is tipping off the German fleet. The story develops some pathos and some misunderstanding. Meanwhile the picture releases some genuinely authentic shots of the combined American and British battle fleets repelling the attack of the German fleet off Jutland. These new shots (for that's what they are) lend conviction to the story.
"Convoy" doesn't carry the big human note of some of the war films. Yet it is spectacular and appealing.
The Cast: Dorothy Mackaill, Lowell Sherman, William Collier, Jr. Lawrence Gray, Ian Keith, Gail Kane.
THEME: Drama of naval participation in Great War -- with American girl frustrating enemy plotting and saving the fleet.
PRODUCTION HIGHLIGHTS: The naval battle. The suspense. The spy sequences. The sincere acting. The destroyer's fight with the submarine. The atmosphere of the high seas.
EXPLOITATION ANGLES: Tie up with Legion, etc. Play up title and make feature of Navy's activities during the war, etc.
DRAWING POWER: Should do good business in every type of house.
Produced by Robert Kane. Distributed by First National.
-- Motion Picture News, May 20, 1927, p. 1968
with Dorothy Mackaill, Lawrence Gray and Lowell Sherman. Directed by Joseph Boyle and Lothar Mendes. Robert Kane/First National.
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