(as George Proctor), (story) (as Alicia Ramsey)


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Cast overview:
Marcia Van Ardale
William Carleton Jr. ...
Robert Jardine
Eulalie Jensen ...
Mrs. Van Arsdale
Frank Norcross ...
Mr. Van Arsdale
Mary Carr ...
Mrs. Jardine


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30 June 1919 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The Spark Divine (1919) -- Lost Silent
12 July 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This 1919 drama starring the popular actress, Alice Joyce, was produced by the Vitagraph Company and sadly now remains a lost film. I have found an original film review to share with the reader.

Moving Picture World, June 21, 1919 - Marcia Van Arsdale, in Vitagraph's "The Spark Divine," is a woman in whom every sentiment of affection and love has been choked since childhood. Her parents, striving for social recognition, forced the child into unnatural situations, and refused, for instance, to let her have her favourite doll, because it was too ragged for a daughter of theirs. The day of her graduation from college they have her brought home by their footmen. Grown to womanhood, Marcia is beautiful and talented, but constant repression of every outward sign of affection has made her a thing of ice. Her father's money is threatened by the stock market activities of Robert Jardine, the young copper king, and at the urging of her parents, she consents to marry him. Jardine loves her and promises himself that under he cold exterior is a human, true heart. He finds, however, that marriage with her meant little more than a household agreement. When a baby boy is born to them, Jardine finds that his wife is still cold and unnatural. Then, one day, the boy is kidnapped, and Marcia awakens to the fact that her heart is full of mother love. Search is fruitless. Christmas eve brings only sadness to the Jardine home, until Marcia discovers from her husband that he had the child kidnapped to kinder the spark in her bosom.

THERE have been many pictures made around the theme of mother love, but few with the imaginative power that surrounds the work of Vitagraph in Alice Joyce's latest feature, "The Spark Divine." Mother love in this case is not wasted on a worthless son or daughter. The Vitagraph feature, beginning at babyhood, traces the development of the woman portrayed by Alice Joyce into a woman of beauty and talent, yet a creature of ice, with no warmth of spirit, lacking every bit of affectionate fire. The picture forces her into a marriage for the purpose of averting a financial catastrophe in her family.

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