The Love That Lives (1917)

Drama | 9 July 1917

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HISTORY

The title of the original story was Flames of Sacrifice.
       According to the 25 Aug 1917 Exhibitors Herald, the Chicago (IL) Board of Censors demanded many changes to The Love That Lives before it could be screened in that city. The deletions included a murder and two crap shooting scenes in Reel 1, dance hall scenes in Reel 4, and "entire incident of girl's exposed legs, man looking at them and girl pulling dress down" in Reel 5. Also in Reel 5, a scene in which a man locked a door, followed by a title card that read "You may go, but the girl remains," had to be scrapped. The board also insisted on insertions and placement changes of subtitles. Also, a change had to be made in the close-up of a letter to make clear to the audience that the heroine was no longer the single "Molly McGill" but rather the married "Molly Brooks." An altercation between Molly and "Harvey Brooks" required a new title card in which she expressed regret for leaving her son and marrying Brooks.
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The title of the original story was Flames of Sacrifice.
       According to the 25 Aug 1917 Exhibitors Herald, the Chicago (IL) Board of Censors demanded many changes to The Love That Lives before it could be screened in that city. The deletions included a murder and two crap shooting scenes in Reel 1, dance hall scenes in Reel 4, and "entire incident of girl's exposed legs, man looking at them and girl pulling dress down" in Reel 5. Also in Reel 5, a scene in which a man locked a door, followed by a title card that read "You may go, but the girl remains," had to be scrapped. The board also insisted on insertions and placement changes of subtitles. Also, a change had to be made in the close-up of a letter to make clear to the audience that the heroine was no longer the single "Molly McGill" but rather the married "Molly Brooks." An altercation between Molly and "Harvey Brooks" required a new title card in which she expressed regret for leaving her son and marrying Brooks.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald
25 Aug 1917
p. 33.
Exhibitors Trade Review
21 Jul 1917
p. 545.
Motion Picture News
28 Jul 1917
p. 626.
Moving Picture World
28 Jul 1917
p. 654, 697
NYDM
13 Oct 1917
p. 18.
Variety
13 Jul 1917
p. 27.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Flames of Sacrifice
Release Date:
9 July 1917
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Famous Players Film Co.
3 July 1917
LP11042
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Molly McGill, a scrubwoman, labors long hours so that her children will not have to face life in the slums. Driven to desperation after her husband and baby daughter are killed in the streets, and fearful that her little son Jimmy will suffer the same fate, Molly accepts the proposition of Harvey Brooks, a broker in one of the offices that she cleans, to become his mistress. Keeping her life a secret from her son, she places him in a vocational school. When Jimmy finishes his education, Molly returns to her life as a scrubwoman. Then one day she reads in the paper of an heroic act performed by Jimmy, who is now a fireman. Unable to resist temptation, she creeps past Jimmy's fire station and sees he son with his sweetheart, Dora Palmer. Later, when Dora is hired as a stenographer in Brooks's office where Molly is again working, Molly keeps a watchful eye on her. True to Molly's suspicions, Brooks attacks Dora and Molly springs to her aid. In the ensuing fight, Brooks is killed and a fire breaks out. Jimmy comes to the rescue, but there is time to save only one of the women. Molly is left behind to die in peace, knowing that her son has escaped the ...

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Molly McGill, a scrubwoman, labors long hours so that her children will not have to face life in the slums. Driven to desperation after her husband and baby daughter are killed in the streets, and fearful that her little son Jimmy will suffer the same fate, Molly accepts the proposition of Harvey Brooks, a broker in one of the offices that she cleans, to become his mistress. Keeping her life a secret from her son, she places him in a vocational school. When Jimmy finishes his education, Molly returns to her life as a scrubwoman. Then one day she reads in the paper of an heroic act performed by Jimmy, who is now a fireman. Unable to resist temptation, she creeps past Jimmy's fire station and sees he son with his sweetheart, Dora Palmer. Later, when Dora is hired as a stenographer in Brooks's office where Molly is again working, Molly keeps a watchful eye on her. True to Molly's suspicions, Brooks attacks Dora and Molly springs to her aid. In the ensuing fight, Brooks is killed and a fire breaks out. Jimmy comes to the rescue, but there is time to save only one of the women. Molly is left behind to die in peace, knowing that her son has escaped the slums.

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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