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The Betrayer (Beaumont Smith, 1921) aka Our Bit o' the World (working title) The Maid of Maoriland (British release); Beaumont Smith's Productions, wr. Beaumont Smith, dp Lacey Percival; Stella Southern (Iwa), Cyril Mackay (Stephen Manners), John Cosgrove (John Barris), Marie D'Alton (Mrs Manners), Mita (Hauraki), Bernice Vere (Eleanor Barris), Maggie Papakura, Herbert Lee, Raymond Hatton, Dunstan Webb
The Betrayer belongs to the genre of inter-racial romance, with a wealthy Australian landowner, Stephen Manners, falling helplessly in love with a part-Maori girl, Iwa. ... The settings range widely, from the NZ hot springs and mountain scenery at Rotorua, to the Australian outback, the surf at Coogee, and a fashionable ballroom at Sydney's Wentworth Hotel. ... It was the first of Smith's productions to straddle the two markets of Australia and New Zealand, although he had been active for some years in selling films and stage shows in both countries. Pike & Cooper: 104.
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