The Golden Gift (1922)

Melodrama | 6 February 1922

Director:

Maxwell Karger

Writer:

Florence Hein

Cinematographer:

John Boyle

Production Designer:

Joseph Calder

Production Company:

Metro Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

       According to the 30 Jul 1921 Motion Picture News, production on The Golden Gift had already begun, and opening scenes were set to be shot in Mexico. That same day's edition of Camera contained a studio chart announcing that The Golden Gift was in its first week of production.
       Moving Picture World credited the story as being based on a play entitled The Claim, but no author was ... More Less

       According to the 30 Jul 1921 Motion Picture News, production on The Golden Gift had already begun, and opening scenes were set to be shot in Mexico. That same day's edition of Camera contained a studio chart announcing that The Golden Gift was in its first week of production.
       Moving Picture World credited the story as being based on a play entitled The Claim, but no author was mentioned. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
LOCATION
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Camera
30 Jul 1921
p. 11.
Motion Picture News
30 Jul 1921
p. 689.
DETAILS
Release Date:
6 February 1922
Production Date:
began late July 1921
Copyright Claimant:
Metro Pictures
Copyright Date:
27 February 1922
Copyright Number:
LP17687
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,986
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

After the birth of her child, Nita Gordon, once a successful singer, loses her voice and and -- deserted by her husband -- is forced to become a Mexican cafe dancer to support herself and the child. Having traced her husband, Malcolm Thorne, to a little oil center in Mexico, Nita finds him married to Edith Llewelyn. She witnesses his death, then leaves her child in a mission. Edith adopts the child but is ignorant of its parentage. Meanwhile, Nita returns to Italy with Leonati, a conductor friend, regains her voice, and becomes a star at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where James Llewelyn falls in love with her. At the Llewelyn home Nita sees Joy, the child she left behind, and Edith declares that its mother sacrificed her child's love for ambition. Nita confesses to being the child's mother, and Llewelyn threatens to expose her; he relents, however, realizing her love for the ... +


After the birth of her child, Nita Gordon, once a successful singer, loses her voice and and -- deserted by her husband -- is forced to become a Mexican cafe dancer to support herself and the child. Having traced her husband, Malcolm Thorne, to a little oil center in Mexico, Nita finds him married to Edith Llewelyn. She witnesses his death, then leaves her child in a mission. Edith adopts the child but is ignorant of its parentage. Meanwhile, Nita returns to Italy with Leonati, a conductor friend, regains her voice, and becomes a star at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where James Llewelyn falls in love with her. At the Llewelyn home Nita sees Joy, the child she left behind, and Edith declares that its mother sacrificed her child's love for ambition. Nita confesses to being the child's mother, and Llewelyn threatens to expose her; he relents, however, realizing her love for the child. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Society


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Legend
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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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