Moran of the Lady Letty

Moran of the Lady Letty

Frank Norris

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Moran of the Lady Letty is a 1922 American silent adventure drama film directed by George Melford and stars Rudolph Valentino and Dorothy Dalton. Medford and Valentino has previously worked together on the box office hit The Sheik, in 1921. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Frank Norris and was adapted for the screen by Monte Katterjohn.

The opening scenes are set in Scandinavia, where a ship's captain and his daughter, Moran, are introduced. Moran, it is clear, adores her father. She has grown up on and around ships and can handle herself on the water as well as any man.

Then scene then shifts to San Francisco, where a young socialite, Ramon Laredo, complains that he is tired of the same tiresome round of parties and dances. He wishes he could get away from it all. While on his way to a yachting party, he meets up with an old sailor. After talking, they repair to a saloon, where Ramon is served a Mickey Finn. After passing out, he is shanghaied aboard a nefarious pirating ship, the "Heart of China," run by Captain Kitchell, a man without principles. Though initially dismissed as a pampered weakling by the crew and captain, Ramon proves his manhood and gradually gains everyone's respect.

A Scandinavian ship in distress is spotted off the bow; the pirate crew quickly move in to loot the burning ship. Most of the crew, they discover, is dead, victims of leaking coal gas. Ramon rescues one sailor, whom he carries back to the pirate ship, only to discover that "he" is a "she." It is Moran, of course, whose father has perished aboard the burning ship. Efforts to hide her identify are futile; when Captain Kitchell discovers a female is on board, it is clear that the woman's virginity is endangered. Ramon, however, is determined to protect her. Gradually, Ramon and Moran fall in love, though Moran insists at first that she has no interest in romance—she should have been born a boy, she says. After a lively battle on board the ship—crew vs. captain and his henchmen—the ship reaches the port in San Diego.

 
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    (Chicago 1870 - San Francisco 1902) scrittore statunitense. A Parigi (1887-89), dove studiò pittura, conobbe Zola e la letteratura naturalista, ma lesse anche le cronache medievali di J. Froissart, cui è ispirato il poemetto giovanile Yvernelle (1892). Fu corrispondente della guerra anglo-boera in Sudafrica (1895-96), poi della guerra ispano-americana a Cuba (1898). Dapprima diviso tra il gusto del romanzo d’avventure alla Stevenson o alla Kipling (Moran della «Lady Letty», Moran of the «Lady Letty», 1898) e la maniera naturalista (Una storia di San Francisco, Mc Teague, 1899), concepì nel 1900 una trilogia rimasta incompiuta, che costituisce una vera epica sociale e politica, sulla produzione del grano minacciata, in California, dagli speculatori, e ne scrisse i primi 2 volumi, La piovra... Approfondisci
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