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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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Frances Marion

Writer:

Frances Marion
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mary Pickford ... Angela Carlotti
Evelyn Dumo Evelyn Dumo ... Maria
Raymond Bloomer Raymond Bloomer ... Giovanni
Fred Thomson ... Joseph
Albert Prisco Albert Prisco ... Pietro
George Regas ... Tony (as Georges Rigas)
Eddie Phillips ... Mario Carlotti (as Edward Phillips)
Jean De Briac ... Antonio Carlotti
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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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sailor | spy | german | italy | lighthouse | See All (19) »

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 January 1921 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le signal de l'amour See more »

Filming Locations:

Monterey, California, USA See more »

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Gross USA:

$690,965
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Mary Pickford Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Fred Thomson. See more »

Quotes

Title Card: Who shall say that she is not the bravest soldier of them all?
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Alternate Versions

An 89-minute version restored by the UCLA Film and Television Archive and released by Milestone Film & Video was copyrighted by The Mary Pickford Foundation in 2000. The Viklarbo Chamber Ensemble plays the music score written by Maria Newman. See more »

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Featured in Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies (2008) See more »

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Pickford/Marion Collaboration Misses The Mark
12 August 2000 | by Ash-65See all my reviews

This film was a rare departure from little-girl roles for Mary Pickford, who almost succeeds in giving a perfectly moving performance. The script, by Frances Marion, throws Pickford's Angela so many curves that it becomes tiring watching her sometimes-hammy reactions. Marion was Pickford's best friend, and she hand a hand in as many as seventeen of America's Sweetheart's movies. One can hope these were more successful.

Marion, director as well as writer, crammed so many melodramatic topics into The Love Light that one feels as if she thought she'd never work on a film again. Spies, unrequited love, blindness, war, betrayal, death, theft, natural disasters, insanity, and a lynch mob on top of everything else. These are enough concepts to deal with comfortably in at least two movies, but they are all unhappily jammed into about 90 minutes.

Marion's husband Fred Thomson is easy on the eyes and natural on camera as the American that Italian Angela takes into her home. The other players are mostly standard overactors, with the possible exception of Edward Philips as Angela's charming younger brother Mario.

Another thing to beware: the all-too-modern score recently imposed upon it by Maria Newman. At times it seems as if she hadn't even seen the movie.

There are some good moments ("Stewed Chicken", for instance), but overall it's only for fans of the star and writer/director.


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