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The Adorable Outcast

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Directed by  Norman Dawn
Written by  Norman Dawn
Director  Norman Dawn
Story by  Beatrice Grimshaw
Produced by  Norman Dawn
Initial release  25 June 1928
Screenplay  Norman Dawn
Production company  Australasian Films
Based on  Conn of the Coral Seas by Beatrice Grimshaw
Starring  Edith Roberts Edmund Burns Walter Long
Cinematography  Arthur Higgins William Trerise
Cast  Edith Roberts, Edmund Burns, Arthur Tauchert, Jessica Harcourt, Walter Long
Similar  For the Term of his Natural Life, Arctic Fury, Two Lost Worlds, The Fatal Wedding, The Midnight Wedding

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The Adorable Outcast is a 1928 Australian silent film directed by Norman Dawn about an adventurer who romances an island girl. It was one of the most expensive films made in Australia until that time, and was Dawn's follow up to For the Term of His Natural Life (1927). It did not perform as well at the box office and helped cause Australasian Films to abandon feature film production.


For the American market, the film was retitled as Black Cargoes of the South Seas.


A young adventurer, Stephen Conn (Edmund Burns) is in love with an island girl, Luya (Edith Roberts). An evil blackbirder Fursey (Walter Long) kidnaps Luya to get hands on some gold, but Stephen rescues her with the help of Luya's tribe. When it is revealed that Luya's parents were white, she and Stephen are married.


  • Edith Roberts as Luya
  • Edmund Burns as Stephen Conn
  • Walter Long as Fursey
  • Jessica Harcourt as Diedre Rose
  • John Gavin as Carberry
  • Katherine Dawn as Elizabeth
  • Arthur McLaglen as Iron Devil
  • Arthur Tauchert as Mack
  • Fred Twitcham as Sir John Blackberry
  • Compton Coutts as Pooch
  • William O'Hanlon as pearler
  • Claude Turton as pearler
  • Production

    The big-budget film was shot mostly on location in Fiji from April to June 1927, with some studio work done at Bondi Junction in Sydney. The three leads, Edith Roberts, Edmund Burns and Walter Long, were all established Hollywood actors.


    The film initially performed strongly at the box office but soon tailed off, and expected overseas success did not eventuate. It was estimated the combined losses of this and Norman Dawn's earlier film, For the Term of His Natural Life (1927) came to ₤30,000.

    It was released in the US as Black Cargoes of the South Seas.

    Fifteen minutes of the film are in the possession of Australia's National Film and Sound Archive.


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