Shifting Sands is the 1918 silent film starring Gloria Swanson. She plays Marcia Grey, who tries to earn a living. A German national named Von Holtz wants her, but she refuses. He frames her for robbery so she goes to jail. When she gets out, she finds out that her sister died, but she marries a man named John. He helps the war effort during WWI, but Von Holtz comes back disguised as Sir Robert Denby. He blackmails Marcia into helping him steal documents. However, she tells John. Can they stop Von Holtz from getting the documents?
While it’s a typical melodrama, it’s still entertaining to watch. Marcia turns out to be pretty smart as she immediately tells her husband. It doesn’t destroy the drama, as they still have to stop Von Holtz. Fans of Gloria Swanson may like it because it’s a part of her early work. The plot goes from melodrama to WWI propaganda pretty quickly. To be fair, the war was still going on, so Hollywood had to convince the public that America’s entry into the war was justified. Honolulu film fans may want to rent this movie.
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