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Rugged Water
Film poster
Directed byIrvin Willat
Screenplay byJames Shelley Hamilton
Based onnovel by Joseph C. Lincoln
Produced byJesse L. Lasky
Adolph Zukor
StarringLois Wilson
Wallace Beery
Warner Baxter
Phyllis Haver
Dot Farley
J. P. Lockney
James Mason
Willard Cooley
CinematographyAlfred Gilks
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • August 17, 1925 (1925-08-17)
Running time
60 minutes
CountryUnited States

Rugged Water is a 1925 American drama silent film directed by Irvin Willat and written by James Shelley Hamilton and Joseph C. Lincoln. The film stars Lois Wilson, Wallace Beery, Warner Baxter, Phyllis Haver, Dot Farley, J. P. Lockney, James Mason and Willard Cooley. The film was released on August 17, 1925, by Paramount Pictures.[1][2]

This film is currently lost.[3][4]


A Cape Cod melodrama about the U.S. Life-Saving Service based on a novel by Joseph C. Lincoln. When the captain of the Setauket Life Saving Station retires, the second in command, Calvin Homer (Warner Baxter), expects to be promoted; but the appointment goes instead to Benoni Bartlett (Wallace Beery), a religious fanatic who has been named a hero as the only survivor of dangerous rescue that claimed the lives of his fellow crewmen at a neighboring station. Bartlett's daughter Norma (Lois Wilson)) convinces Homer to stay in spite of her father's antagonistic ways. Soon a romance springs up between the two of them, even though Myra Fuller (Phyllis Haver) had already finagled a proposal out of Homer. Myra, the village vamp, breaks off her engagement to him. When a storm blows, Bartlett's religious fanaticism proves to be nothing but a cover for his cowardice and he refuses to send his crew out to rescue a vessel in distress. Calvin takes the men out and effects the rescue. Bartlett is discharged, and Calvin is appointed to replace him. Driven insane by his experiences, Bartlett ventures out in a small boat in rough water, and Calvin rescues him. The old man dies from exposure, and Norma, having realized that Calvin was not responsible for her father's disgrace, seeks refuge in his strong arms.


See also


  1. ^ Janiss Garza (2014). "Rugged-Water - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes -". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on August 9, 2014. Retrieved February 6, 2015.
  2. ^ "Rugged Water". Retrieved February 6, 2015.
  3. ^ The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog:Rugged Water
  4. ^ Rugged Water at Lost Film Files:Paramount lost films - 1925

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