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The Heart of a Child (1920)

A poverty-stricken Cockney girl rises through incredible adventures to become the wife of a nobleman.



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Credited cast:
Sally Snape (as Nazimova)
Charles Bryant ...
Lord Kidderminster
Ray Thompson ...
Johnny Doone
Nell Newman ...
Mary Murray
Victor Potel ...
Charley Peastone
Eugene Klum ...
Alf Stevens
Lady Dorothea
Jane Sterling ...
Lady Fortive
John Steppling ...
Joe Mosenstein
Perry (as William J. Irving)
Myrtle Rishell ...
Miss Baine
Joseph Kilgour ...
Lord Fortive
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rafael Icardo ...
Bit Part


A poverty-stricken Cockney girl rises through incredible adventures to become the wife of a nobleman.

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Release Date:

11 April 1920 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La danseuse étoile  »

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1.33 : 1
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The Heart of a Child (1920) - Lost ?
9 April 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Sally Snape ( Nazimova ), a gifted dancer from London's poverty-stricken Limehouse district, is on her way home from her company picnic when she is struck by a car driven by Lady Dorothea ( Claire Du Brey ). Desirous of compensating Sally for her injuries, and recognizing her natural grace, Lord Kidderminster ( Charles Bryant ), a passenger in the offending vehicle, secures the waif a job as a model. Her graceful antics excite the attention of a theater manager who, with Kidderminster's financial backing, makes her the leading lady of his show. Soon the Lord begins to become infatuated with his protégé, arousing Lady Dorothea's jealousy and the disdain of his parents, Lord and Lady Fortive. Dorothea plots to break up the burgeoning romance by placing Sally in a compromising situation with Kidderminster, but her plan backfires when he proposes instead. After meeting Sally, Lord and Lady Fortive recognize her purity and innocence, her "heart of a child," and offer the pair their blessings.

This 1920 silent drama was based from the novel The Heart of a Child by Frank Danby, produced by The Nazimova Productions, starring Nazimova and Charles Bryant. The survival status of The Heart of a Child is listed as unknown, sadly suggesting it may now be a lost silent film.

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