Cast & Crew
Edwin S. Porter
Madly in love, Bob Alden and Nancy Marvell agree to wed, but their plans are abruptly curtailed by Mr. Alden who disapproves of the match. To restore her waning health, Nancy's father sends his daughter on an Oriental cruise. Also on board the ship is Bob, headed for Yokohama on family business. As a love token, Bob buys a pearl necklace from a dying Japanese sailor and gives it to Nancy. Shortly before landing in Japan, the ship springs a leak and starts to sink. To save Nancy from drowning, Bob ties her to a raft, then is knocked unconscious and becomes lost. Nancy, who has lost all memory, is recovered on shore by natives and declared a goddess because of the sacred Buddhist pearl she wears. Pampered, Nancy leads a happy life until Japanese pirates kidnap her and sell her to a rich American as a geisha girl. Before more harm is done, however, Bob rescues her and helps to restore her memory.
Contemporary sources disagree on whether Porter and Ford or Porter alone directed the film. Delano's original story was copyrighted in 1915. It was the basis for the novel The White Pearl: A Romance, written by Delano and Samuel Field and published in New York in 1916.