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My Lady of the Cave

Film (Full Length) – 1922

Rudall Hayward was just 21 when he began making his first full-length silent movie, My Lady of the Cave. A wistful young clerk (Robert Ramsay, who later tried his luck in Hollywood) falls overboard on a boat trip and washes up on an island. He meets a mysterious woman (Hazel de Montalk) who appears to be a prisoner. The clerk enlists a friend to free his 'cave lady' from her jailer and they uncover a tragic story. As was common in silent movie days, different sections of the film are 'tinted' in various colours. Hayward was prolific; he made four features in the 1920s alone, including Māori-Pākehā drama Rewi's Last Stand.

Oh for the Bay on a breezy day, and the gals a callin' O! We'll see 'em today, All pretty and gay, In the Bay of Plenty O!
– Sailor Bill breaks out the accordian for a sea shanty

Key Cast & Crew

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Frank Stewart


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Robert Ramsay (aka Gordon Campbell)

As: The Mill Clerk

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Hazel de Montalk (née Hazel West)

As: Beryl Trite

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HT Gibson

Original Author

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Rudall Hayward

Director, Writer, Producer

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John Courts

Costume Designer (for Hazel de Montalk)

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Produced by

Bay of Plenty Films