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The Love Light (1921)

Unrated | | Drama | 9 January 1921 (USA)
Angela maintains a coastal lighthouse in Italy, where she awaits the return of her brothers from the war. She learns they are casualties and takes solace in the arms of an American sailor ... See full summary »




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Complete credited cast:
Evelyn Dumo ...
Raymond Bloomer ...
Albert Prisco ...
Tony (as Georges Rigas)
Eddie Phillips ...
Mario Carlotti (as Edward Phillips)
Jean De Briac ...
Antonio Carlotti


Angela maintains a coastal lighthouse in Italy, where she awaits the return of her brothers from the war. She learns they are casualties and takes solace in the arms of an American sailor washed ashore. However, the sailor turns out to be a German spy, and she is torn between her love for him and her realization that he is part of the enemy force that has destroyed her family. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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9 January 1921 (USA)  »

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Le signal de l'amour  »

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Assistant director Nat G. Deverich was almost killed during the scene showing the destruction of a ship at sea, which was filmed off the coast of Monterey, CA, and was not--as was reported in the press at the time--a miniature shot in a tank at the studio. See more »


Mario Carlotti: When you marry Angela, we'll tell you our system to make her work - like ten devils! We flatter the poor little sardine...
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Mary Pickford and Frances Marion introduce Fred Thomson and Others
24 April 2010 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

In a coastal Italian village, perky Mary Pickford (as Angela Carlotti) and brothers Edward Phillips (as Mario) and Jean De Briac (as Antonio) lead a carefree peasant life. They play harmless tricks on the town priest and watch as their farm animals get drunk. But, "The Great War" (World War I) soon brings waves of misery to Ms. Pickford's family and friends. Her brothers go off to war, along with sensitive boyfriend Raymond Bloomer (as Giovanni). Pickford keeps the home fires burning by housing a soldier who washes up on her shore - but, self-described AWOL American Fred Thomson (as Joseph) harbors a dark secret…

Later on, war-weary villager Evelyn Dumo (as Maria) steals Pickford's baby, after losing her own. "The Love Light" refers to the job Pickford takes helping in the local lighthouse (and also, her home). This is one of a few films where Frances Marion, one of Hollywood's greatest early film writers, receives a director's credit. Her collaboration with Pickford and director of photography Charles Rosher doesn't meet expectations, but they are obviously skilled. The film could be described as overblown flourishes of symbolic prose come to naught. Most of the male cast are seen at the beginning of successful acting careers.

"The Love Light" may be most noteworthy for introducing Marion's hunky husband to moviegoers, herein, as Pickford's secondary romantic interest. By the end of the decade, Mr. Thomson had became a very popular star, joining Pickford and husband Douglas Fairbanks for three years in Quigley's annual top ten "Box Office Stars" list - Thomson was #6 in 1925, #3 in 1926, and #4 in 1927 - then, suddenly in 1928, he died. Despite dying at this level of popularity, in a series of well-produced westerns often ghost-written by wife Marion, Thomson is largely forgotten; and, few prints of his once numerous film prints survived the ages.

****** The Love Light (1/9/21) Frances Marion ~ Mary Pickford, Raymond Bloomer, Fred Thomson, Eddie Phillips

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