The Sea Lion

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The Sea Lion
The Sea Lion (1921) - 1.jpg
Directed by Rowland V. Lee
Produced by Hobart Bosworth (producer)
Written by Emilie Johnson (story)
Joseph F. Poland (scenario)
Starring Hobart Bosworth, Bessie Love, Emory Johnson
Cinematography G.O. Post
J.O. Taylor
Distributed by Associated Producers Incorporated
Release date
December 5, 1921
Running time
5 reels; 4,367 feet
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

The Sea Lion is a 1921 American silent adventure film directed by Rowland V. Lee, and starring Hobart Bosworth, Bessie Love, and Emory Johnson. The same staff on this film produced Rowland Lee's previous directed film Blind Hearts, released just before The Sea Lion.[1][2]


Captain John Nelson (Hobart Bosworth) and his crew hunt whales on the high seas. The captain is an angry man, having never recovered from his wife's leaving him for another man 20 years prior. When the ship comes to port, Tom (Emory Johnson), a young man, joins the crew as a lookout. He is distraught as well, having been jilted by his fiancee.

Back on the seas, the ship's inexperienced crew mistakes the water supply as a leak, and pumps it overboard. The captain rations the remaining water, and stores it in his quarters. The crew mutinies.

From the crow's nest, Tom spots a nearby island, and comes down to tell the captain while the crew is asleep. The captain makes the Tom the first mate, and they steer the ship to the nearby island. The island is inhabited by two survivors of an earlier shipwreck, one of whom is beautiful young Blossom (Bessie Love). The survivors are brought back to the ship, where the captain resists letting them board. The survivors promise to work on the ship, and he reluctantly agrees to let them travel.

Blossom learns that the captain's family name is Nelson, and says that her mother had the same name. The captain realizes that Blossom is the daughter of his wife, but assumes Blossom's father is another man. Blossom tells him that she never knew her father. During a storm at sea, the captain finds Blossom's Bible, which contains a note from her mother saying that she loved him all along. The captain realizes that Blossom is his daughter, and they are reconciled. Blossom and Tom fall in love.



  1. ^ The Sea Lion at
  2. ^ The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1921–30 by The American Film Institute, c. 1971

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