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The 3 Dec 1921 Moving Pictures World reported that director John S. Robertson “only recently completed Love’s Boomerang, which was filmed in England and France. English locations included a “magnificent houseboat” on the Thames and the eleventh-century Beaulieu Abbey in Hampshire, where exteriors for a cloister and country house were shot. According to the 18 Mar 1922 Exhibitors Herald, circus scenes were filmed in cooperation with the Pinder Brothers’s circus in France.
       The film opened at the Rialto Theatre on Broadway in New York City, according to the 27 Feb 1922 FD. ... More Less

The 3 Dec 1921 Moving Pictures World reported that director John S. Robertson “only recently completed Love’s Boomerang, which was filmed in England and France. English locations included a “magnificent houseboat” on the Thames and the eleventh-century Beaulieu Abbey in Hampshire, where exteriors for a cloister and country house were shot. According to the 18 Mar 1922 Exhibitors Herald, circus scenes were filmed in cooperation with the Pinder Brothers’s circus in France.
       The film opened at the Rialto Theatre on Broadway in New York City, according to the 27 Feb 1922 FD. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald
18 Mar 1922
p. 57.
Exhibitors Trade Review
3 Dec 1921
p. 21.
Film Daily
27 Feb 1922
p. 4.
Film Daily
5 Mar 1922
p. 17.
Moving Picture World
3 Dec 1921
pp. 533, 540
DETAILS
Release Date:
19 February 1922
Production Date:
completed late 1921
Copyright Claimant:
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
22 February 1922
Copyright Number:
LP17572
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
5,562 , 5,618
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Artist Brian McCree adopts Perpetua, a young orphan, and takes her to France on a holiday. They meet Monsieur Lamballe, a circus owner, who has lost his elephant because of a debt. When Brain redeems the debt to make Perpetua happy, Lamballe invites them to join the traveling circus troupe, and they spend several years leading a carefree life. When Perpetua turns sixteen, Brian takes her back to England to be educated in a convent. Later, Russell Felton, a British swindler, recognizes Perpetua as the daughter of his abandoned wife. He introduces Perpetua to his young friend, Saville Mender, a drunkard who has willed Felton his fortune, and induces Brian to paint Mender’s portrait. Although Perpetua loves Brian, Felton reveals her parentage and brings about her marriage to Mender. Perpetua tries to rehabilitate her husband, but her father encourages his drinking. When Felton poisons a drink and kills the young man, Perpetua is charged with murder, having acquired the legal rights to Mender’s money. She is found guilty, but Felton writes a confession in a fit of conscience and prepares to flee the country. Suddenly, ex-convict Christian, Felton’s former accomplice, arrives, demanding money promised to him, and the two men kill each other in a gunfight. Brian works to free Perpetua from jail, and she declares her love for ... +


Artist Brian McCree adopts Perpetua, a young orphan, and takes her to France on a holiday. They meet Monsieur Lamballe, a circus owner, who has lost his elephant because of a debt. When Brain redeems the debt to make Perpetua happy, Lamballe invites them to join the traveling circus troupe, and they spend several years leading a carefree life. When Perpetua turns sixteen, Brian takes her back to England to be educated in a convent. Later, Russell Felton, a British swindler, recognizes Perpetua as the daughter of his abandoned wife. He introduces Perpetua to his young friend, Saville Mender, a drunkard who has willed Felton his fortune, and induces Brian to paint Mender’s portrait. Although Perpetua loves Brian, Felton reveals her parentage and brings about her marriage to Mender. Perpetua tries to rehabilitate her husband, but her father encourages his drinking. When Felton poisons a drink and kills the young man, Perpetua is charged with murder, having acquired the legal rights to Mender’s money. She is found guilty, but Felton writes a confession in a fit of conscience and prepares to flee the country. Suddenly, ex-convict Christian, Felton’s former accomplice, arrives, demanding money promised to him, and the two men kill each other in a gunfight. Brian works to free Perpetua from jail, and she declares her love for him.
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