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The Quest (1915)

John Douglas, a high-society playboy, is a cynic concerning the women of his social set, and has a pictured ideal of the girl of his dreams. Wising to avoid the upcoming social season, he ... See full summary »


Harry A. Pollard (as Harry Pollard)


F. McGrew Willis (story), F. McGrew Willis (scenario)


Cast overview:
Harry A. Pollard ... John Douglas (as Harry Pollard)
Lucille Ward Lucille Ward ... Mrs. Chalmers - the Hostess
Joseph Singleton ... De Villiers - a Man about Town / Neto - Tribal Chief (as Joseph E. Singleton)
Nan Christy Nan Christy ... Helen Carruthers - a Social Butterfly
Margarita Fischer ... Nai
Robyn Adair ... Kaura - Tribal Sub-Chief
William A. Carroll William A. Carroll ... The Tribal Priest (as William Carroll)




John Douglas, a high-society playboy, is a cynic concerning the women of his social set, and has a pictured ideal of the girl of his dreams. Wising to avoid the upcoming social season, he hops a freighter bound for the Orient. It sinks in mid-ocean and he, as the sole survivor, is washed upon a island, where he is rescued by Nia, daughter of the tribal chief, Neto.John is puzzled as all of the tribe are white people, but he learns from the tribal chief they are descendent's of English-origin who also are on the island because of a ship wreck a few hundred years ago. John soon arouses the jealousy of Kaura, the tribal sub-chief who wants Nia as his bride, but Nia wants nothing to do with Nia, and favors John. Kaura demand that Nia become his bride, but John Rescues her and they head for the jungle, with Kaura and his henchmen in hot pursuit. The pursuit only lasts until a storm comes up and Kuara is killed by a bolt of lightning, and his followers take that as a sign the Gods aren't in... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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This is one of about two dozen feature films directed by Harry A. Pollard, which the American Film Institute Catalog of Feature Films, in all 3 of their volumes, 1911-1920, 1921-1930 and 1931-1940, chooses to erroneously credit to comedian Harry (Snub) Pollard, who is, of course, a different person entirely. See more »

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Margarita Fischer's Gone Missing
4 January 2011 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

This film starred actor/director Harry Pollard (as John Douglas) with his wife Margarita Fischer (as Nai). Mr. Pollard plays a bored millionaire who receives his desire to "get away from it all" by becoming the only survivor of a South Seas shipwreck. On an island, he meets a tribe who, several hundred years ago, survived similar circumstances - thus, explaining why they are light-skinned. Pollard falls in love with pretty Ms. Fischer - and the feeling is mutual. However, tribal chief Joseph E. Singleton (as Neto) wants his daughter to marry robust Robyn Adair (as Kaura). After lightning strikes, they work out the problems. Pollard and Fischer are coupled. Searchers eventually rescue Pollard, but retuning to civilization with Fisher portends tragedy…

You're not likely to see "The Quest" in this lifetime. Reportedly, a print was found with such advanced nitrate deterioration, a restoration was not possible; although, enough was discernible to identify it as a deteriorating copy of American's Mutual Master motion picture. In early 1915, Fischer was a big attraction; this feature was expected to extend and elevate her popularity, but did not meet most expectations. The feeling, at the time, was that Pollard and Fischer may have lost momentum (to D.W. Griffith and Mary Pickford) as the studio withheld releasing "The Quest" for some time. "Motion Picture Magazine" (May 1915) writer Tarleton Winchester mentioned the long delay, then briefly praised the film's location scenes and twist ending.

**** The Quest (3/22/15) Harry Pollard ~ Harry Pollard, Margarita Fischer, Joseph Singleton, Robyn Adair

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22 March 1915 (USA) See more »

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