Pidgin Island (1916)





Cast overview:
Harold Lockwood ... John Cranford
May Allison ... Diana Wynne
Pomeroy Cannon Pomeroy Cannon ... Michael Smead (as Doc Pomeroy Cannon)
Lester Cuneo Lester Cuneo ... Donald Smead
Fred L. Wilson Fred L. Wilson ... Uncle Billy (as Fred Wilson)
Lillian Hayward ... Uncle Billy's wife
Elijah Zerr Elijah Zerr ... Lester (as Elizah Zerr)
Yukio Aoyama Yukio Aoyama ... Wah Sing


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Release Date:

25 December 1916 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'île Pidgin See more »

Filming Locations:

Big Sur, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Yorke Film Corporation See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Stars Harold Lockwood and May Allison, cameraman Tony Gaudio and writer/director Fred J. Balshofer were almost drowned during filming off the coast of Monterey, California, when a large wave suddenly appeared out of nowhere and swept them all into the ocean. They survived by grabbing onto a rock wall the wave had washed them onto near the shoreline and holding on until the wave receded. See more »

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An absorbing story has been given a fitting visualization
3 November 2014 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

The screen version of Harold MacGrath's novel, "Pidgin Island," picturized in five reels by the Yorke Film Corporation for release on the Metro program, is destined to please many more thousands of persons than were pleased with the book. With Harold Lockwood and May Allison in the leading roles, and with beautiful and true-to- the-story exteriors, Mr. MacGrath's absorbing story has been given a fitting visualization. The five reels embrace many surf scenes, and these have been photographed with a fine eye for the artistic. The action is not allowed to suffer, however, through their amplitude. There are also some good Chinatown scenes, photographed at night. Mr. MacGrath s story is one of smugglers, customs inspectors and romance, and the cast for the picture has been selected with care enough to have suited the author himself. The underworld types are convincing. Mr. Lockwood and Miss Allison are seen at their best in the more romantic scenes. Despite a tendency to resort frequently to titles, the story is unfolded smoothly enough on the screen to hold the spectator's undivided attention. On the whole "Pidgin Island" is an acceptable offering. – The Moving Picture World, January 13, 1917

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