GenresSilent film, Drama film Duration LanguageEnglish
Release dateAugust 17, 1925 (1925-08-17) WriterJames Shelley Hamilton, Joseph C. Lincoln Produced byJesse L. Lasky, Adolph Zukor CastWallace Beery (Capt Bartlett), Warner Baxter (Calvin Horner), Lois Wilson (Norma Bartlett), Phyllis Haver (Myra Fuller), Dot Farley (Mrs Fuller) Similar moviesCivilization (1916), Paradise (1926), The False Faces (1919), North of 36 (1924), The Ancient Highway (1925)
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.
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.