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The Man Unconquerable

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The Man Unconquerable
Directed byJoseph Henabery
Screenplay byJulien Josephson
Hamilton Smith
StarringJack Holt
Sylvia Breamer
Clarence Burton
Anne Schaefer
Jean De Briac
Edwin Stevens
CinematographyFaxon M. Dean
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • July 2, 1922 (1922-07-02)
Running time
60 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

The Man Unconquerable is a 1922 American silent drama film directed by Joseph Henabery and written by Julien Josephson and Hamilton Smith. The film stars Jack Holt, Sylvia Breamer, Clarence Burton, Anne Schaefer, Jean De Briac, and Edwin Stevens. The film was released on July 2, 1922, by Paramount Pictures.[1][2]


Silent Era describes the film as a South Seas drama.[3]

From a newspaper story of the era: "The police force of the island in question is limited to three men of assorted uniforms and arms, who would rather do anything than face danger. Many parts of the world are no better policed and the comparative freedom from fear of punishment makes these gentry bold and aggressive. Jack Holt, in the role of Robert Kendall, shows how a man who believes that the same conditions of comparative honesty and freedom from danger obtain on the island as elsewhere, and finds himself mistaken, runs into a situation where he has to take the law into his own hands. When out in one of his boats, he provides himself with a machine gun and in one encounter with pearl pirates, sinks their schooner when they try to drive him away from his own pearl concession."[4]


Filming troubles

From a period newspaper: "Famous Plea Fruitless. "Don't give up the ship." This time this was not the appeal of the famous Perry, but Clarence Burton's instructions, and he found them difficult to carry out, especially when the ship gave him up-by sinking. Burton, together with a gang of men who took the parts of pearl divers, was in command of a pearling tug in the new Paramount picture, "The Man Unconquerable." As usual, Burton was the villain. Jack Holt, the star of the picture, in an armed launch gave him battle. Presently the tug commenced to sink, faster than they had intended. "Stick to it!" yelled Joseph Henabery, the director, hurrying to get the close-ups. But before he could arrive on the scene the tug had gone under. The only close-ups he secured were of Burton and his pearl divers splashing about on the surface trying to remove their clothes so that they could remain afloat. One of the deck hands on the photographer's boat stood by with a boat hook to pull them out when they showed signs of going down for the third time. In order to get a good "shot" of the sinking boat it was necessary to drag it by chains to shallow water at high tide and repair it at low tide. For four days a crew of laborers worked at the job; then they sat disgustedly on the beach while they watched the tug towed out to sea again and resunk -this time, properly and with due regard to the fans."[5]

Filming locations

Beach scenes were shot along Balboa Beach in California.[4]


  1. ^ Janiss Garza (2016). "Man-Unconquerable - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes -". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on March 6, 2016. Retrieved January 29, 2015.
  2. ^ "The Man Unconquerable". Retrieved January 29, 2015.
  3. ^ "The Man Unconquerable". 2004. Retrieved June 21, 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Rivoli Sunday and Monday, Might, Not Law, Is Rule In The South Sea Isles". East Oregonian : E.O. Public domain text published in 1922. Pendleton, Umatilla Co., Oregon. September 9, 1922. Retrieved June 21, 2015.CS1 maint: others (link)
  5. ^ "Famous Plea Fruitless. Don't give up the ship". Evening star. Washington, DC. Citing public domain text published before 1923. June 4, 1922. Retrieved February 15, 2015.
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