Below the Surface (1920 film)

Below the Surface is a surviving 1920 American silent drama film directed by Irvin Willat and starring Hobart Bosworth. Thomas H. Ince produced the picture with distribution through Paramount Pictures.[1][2]

Below the Surface
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Directed byIrvin Willat
Written byLuther Reed (screen story)
E. Magnus Ingleton (scenario)
Produced byThomas H. Ince
StarringHobart Bosworth
Grace Darmond
CinematographyJ.O. Taylor
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • June 1920 (1920-06)
Running time
60 minutes; 6 reels (6,220 feet)
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)
Below the Surface

The film survives in the Library of Congress along with outtakes from the production and it has been released on DVD.[3][2]


Based upon a description in two film magazines,[4][5] Martin Flint (Bosworth) and his son Paul Flint (Lloyd Hughes) are partners in a deep sea diving business who save dive to save the lives of twenty men trapped in a sunken submarine. This brings their names to the attention of promoter James Arnold (Webb), who tries to interest them in a fraudulent scheme to extract treasure from a sunken wreck. The father declines, but the son accepts, attracted by a young woman with the promoter, Edna Gordon (Darmond), whom Luther is tricked into marrying. As a result of the dive on the treasure ship Luther becomes delirious. Edna leaves Luther and goes with James to New York City, so the father goes to an underworld dive bar in an attempt to get her back. Later, a steamer they were on sinks after a collision with a derelict, carrying the promoter and Luther's wife to their deaths. Luther refuses to accept his father's story that the woman was worthless, and dives on the sunken steamer only to discover his dead wife embraced in the arms of her lover James.


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  1. ^ The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1911-20 by The American Film Institute, c.1988
  2. ^ a b Progressive Silent Film List: Below the Surface at
  3. ^ Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at The Library of Congress by The American Film Institute, c.1978
  4. ^ "Below the Surface: Bosworth's Acting and Graphic Incidents Make Entertaining Picture". Motion Picture News. New York City: Motion Picture News, Inc. 21 (26): 5009. June 19, 1920. Retrieved June 25, 2014.
  5. ^ "Reviews: Below the Surface". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 10 (23): 72. June 5, 1920.

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