The Song of Life (1922)

Melodrama | 2 January 1922

Director:

John M. Stahl

Writer:

Cinematographer:

Ernest Palmer

Production Company:

Louis B. Mayer Productions
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HISTORY

According to the 30 Jul 1921 Camera, the film was in its fourth week of production. The 27 Aug 1921 Motion Picture News reported that the company had just returned from filming "final scenes" in the Mojave ... More Less

According to the 30 Jul 1921 Camera, the film was in its fourth week of production. The 27 Aug 1921 Motion Picture News reported that the company had just returned from filming "final scenes" in the Mojave Desert. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Camera
30 Jul 1921
p. 11.
Motion Picture News
27 Aug 1921
p. 1114.
DETAILS
Release Date:
2 January 1922
Production Date:
ended August 1921
Copyright Claimant:
Louis B. Mayer Productions
Copyright Date:
29 December 1921
Copyright Number:
LP17410
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
6,920
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Mary Tilden, finding life unbearable in the desert as housewife to a railroad foreman, runs away from her husband and child. Twenty-five years later she is still washing dishes in the city, and worn and tired of her fruitless struggles she attempts suicide but is saved by David Tilden, a young writer, who takes her into his home to relieve his wife, Aline, from the drudgery of housework, enabling Aline to return to singing in a music store. Aline meets Henderson, an attractive young publisher; David visits Henderson's office, sees his wife's picture on the desk, and returns later with the intention of killing Henderson. Meanwhile, Mary discovers that David is her son but remains silent until she tries to take the blame for Henderson's murder and divulges the relationship. David tries to confess but is believed to be shielding his mother. Both are saved by the news that the shot was not fatal, and there is a happy reunion of husband, mother, and ... +


Mary Tilden, finding life unbearable in the desert as housewife to a railroad foreman, runs away from her husband and child. Twenty-five years later she is still washing dishes in the city, and worn and tired of her fruitless struggles she attempts suicide but is saved by David Tilden, a young writer, who takes her into his home to relieve his wife, Aline, from the drudgery of housework, enabling Aline to return to singing in a music store. Aline meets Henderson, an attractive young publisher; David visits Henderson's office, sees his wife's picture on the desk, and returns later with the intention of killing Henderson. Meanwhile, Mary discovers that David is her son but remains silent until she tries to take the blame for Henderson's murder and divulges the relationship. David tries to confess but is believed to be shielding his mother. Both are saved by the news that the shot was not fatal, and there is a happy reunion of husband, mother, and wife. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Society


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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