Important note: This is not a film review. It is my ambition to add as many silent film synopsis of films that have a survival status of unknown or presumed lost. I try to do as much research as I can and it is not my intention to deceive anyone, for sometimes the film does exist and some presumed lost films are still being discovered. I am more than delighted if someone has knowledge of a film listed as lost but survives, as I wish all silent films did survive. I hope the reader enjoys this brief synopsis.
Artist Dick Heldar ( Percy Marmont ) becomes famous for his wartime sketches and returns to London, where he meets Maisie Wells ( Sigrid Holmquist ), his childhood sweetheart, who encourages him to paint a masterpiece. Street urchin Bessie Broke ( Jacqueline Logan ) becomes his model for the portrait and falls in love with Dick's friend Torpenhow ( David Torrence ). Bessie revenges herself on Dick for separating her from her lover by leading Maisie to believe that she is Dick's mistress. Dick finishes the portrait before his failing eyesight--caused by a sabre wound he received in the Sudan--completely deteriorates. Bessie, still angry, destroys the newly finished picture, but later she relents and reveals the truth about her relationship with Dick to the estranged Maisie, who hastens to Dick's studio and dedicates herself to caring for him.
This 1923 silent melodrama was based the novelette The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling and produced by the Famous Players-Lasky Corporation. The survival status of The Light That Failed (1923) is listed in the American Silent Feature Film Database as; No holdings located in archives.
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