[George Marion]. USA 1916. b/w - Silent
Release Date: Nov 1916
Cast: Robert Patton Gibbs (Robinson Crusoe)
Note: According to a news, the subtitles of the film were to appear simultaneously with the picture, without interruption.
Against the wishes of his parents, boyish Robinson Crusoe leaves his home in England to sail to Africa on a trading ship. After a rough voyage, the crew arrives on the African coast and trades its English calico for ivory and hides. Loaded with merchandise, the ship departs for England, but is ambushed by pirates, who sell the crew as slaves in Morocco. Crusoe becomes the personal slave to a Moorish sea captain, but eventually escapes in an open boat and is picked up by a Portugese ship. During a terrible storm, the ship is destroyed and Crusoe washes up on a tropical island. The sole survivor of the wreck, Crusoe uses his wits to fashion an existence on the apparently deserted island. Years later however, Crusoe discovers a group of cannibals on the island and later rescues one of the tribe from death. Naming him Friday, Crusoe befriends the cannibal and teaches him Western ways. In exchange for saving a stranded English captain from his mutinous crew, Crusoe and Friday secure passage on his ship and happily return to Britain.
(Source: American Film Institute Catalog, Vol. F1, 1988)