The Love Light (1921)

Melodrama | 9 January 1921

Director:

Frances Marion

Writer:

Frances Marion

Cinematographers:

Henry Cronjager, Charles Rosher

Production Designer:

Stephen Goosson

Production Company:

Mary Pickford Productions
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HISTORY

According to the 25 Dec 1920 Moving Picture World, The Love Light marked the directorial debut of scenario writer Frances Marion, who frequently collaborated with Mary Pickford. The two reportedly devised the plot while vacationing in Europe, where Pickford also selected a cast of mostly unknown actors. The 1 Jan 1921 Moving Picture World stated that all performers were required to speak Italian, which Pickford felt would “[add] to the expressiveness of the pantomime.” Although the story is set in Italy, the European actors were transported to Hollywood, CA, for filming.
       A 29 Jan 1921 Moving Picture World article stated that The Washington Times sponsored special screenings of The Love Light during the week of 24 Jan 1921 at the Loew’s Palace Theatre in Washington, D.C., for orphaned, poor, and homeless children of the community.
       The 5 Mar 1921 Motion Picture News announced that the film had been named one of the year’s most “Exceptional Photoplays” by the National Board of Review.
       Although his participation could not be confirmed, a 2 Apr 1921 Wid’s Daily item suggested that director and editor Nat C. Deverich worked on the ... More Less

According to the 25 Dec 1920 Moving Picture World, The Love Light marked the directorial debut of scenario writer Frances Marion, who frequently collaborated with Mary Pickford. The two reportedly devised the plot while vacationing in Europe, where Pickford also selected a cast of mostly unknown actors. The 1 Jan 1921 Moving Picture World stated that all performers were required to speak Italian, which Pickford felt would “[add] to the expressiveness of the pantomime.” Although the story is set in Italy, the European actors were transported to Hollywood, CA, for filming.
       A 29 Jan 1921 Moving Picture World article stated that The Washington Times sponsored special screenings of The Love Light during the week of 24 Jan 1921 at the Loew’s Palace Theatre in Washington, D.C., for orphaned, poor, and homeless children of the community.
       The 5 Mar 1921 Motion Picture News announced that the film had been named one of the year’s most “Exceptional Photoplays” by the National Board of Review.
       Although his participation could not be confirmed, a 2 Apr 1921 Wid’s Daily item suggested that director and editor Nat C. Deverich worked on the film. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motion Picture News
5 Mar 1921
p. 1814.
Moving Picture World
25 Dec 1920
p. 996.
Moving Picture World
1 Jan 1921
p. 52.
Moving Picture World
29 Jan 1921
p. 589.
New York Times
10 Jan 1921
p. 9.
Picture-Play Magazine
Mar--Aug 1921
p. 74.
Variety
14 Jan 1921
p. 41.
Wid's Daily
2 Apr 1921
p. 4.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
DETAILS
Release Date:
9 January 1921
Copyright Claimant:
Mary Pickford Productions
Copyright Date:
12 January 1921
Copyright Number:
LP16037
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Angela, who tends the lighthouse in an Italian fishing village while her two brothers, Antonio and Mario, are fighting at the front, finds a foreign sailor washed ashore who pretends to be an American. Angela cares for him, and they fall in love and are secretly married. In aiding his escape, she realizes she has helped a German spy and caused her brother's death, but the stranger falls to his death over a cliff. A child is born to Angela and, temporarily deranged when her sweetheart Giovanni returns blind from the war, she gives the baby to Maria, who has lost her own child. Maria is drowned in a storm, but Angela rescues her child and finds happiness with ... +


Angela, who tends the lighthouse in an Italian fishing village while her two brothers, Antonio and Mario, are fighting at the front, finds a foreign sailor washed ashore who pretends to be an American. Angela cares for him, and they fall in love and are secretly married. In aiding his escape, she realizes she has helped a German spy and caused her brother's death, but the stranger falls to his death over a cliff. A child is born to Angela and, temporarily deranged when her sweetheart Giovanni returns blind from the war, she gives the baby to Maria, who has lost her own child. Maria is drowned in a storm, but Angela rescues her child and finds happiness with Giovanni. +

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