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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:
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


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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Release Date:

9 January 1921 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kærligheds-signalet See more »

Filming Locations:

Monterey, California, USA See more »


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Mary Pickford Company See more »
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1.33 : 1
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In November of 1919, Frances Marion married Fred Thomson in New York. Mary Pickford--who had introduced Fred to Marion--was the maid of honor. Frances and John left for a European honeymoon. Shortly, thereafter, Pickford married Douglas Fairbanks and they joined Frances and Fred while they were still in Europe. It is here that Frances told Mary the story she heard in Italy that became the basis for this picture. Pickford said it was the next movie she wanted to do. See more »


Angela Carlotti: Would he like me better if I were romantic? Or would he prefer one of those kittenish girls? No, I shall be cold and haughty like the ladies of Rome! Yes - I shall refuse him!
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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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Over the top melodrama drags on far too long.
8 August 2000 | by Silents FanSee all my reviews

Mary Pickford is worth watching even if the melodramatic plot wears a bit thin toward the end. But this movie isn't one of her finest hours.

A bucolic Italian light house keeper (Pickford) rescues an "American" sailor from the sea after he is "shipwrecked." She should have known that he wasn't American because he can speak more than one language.

During the course of this movie, set in the time of the First World War, Pickford's character looses both her brothers in the war (one through her own actions), falls in love with and marries a German spy who commits suicide after she turns him in, goes insane, gives birth and has her baby stolen by her best friend, and welcomes home her old boyfriend who has been blinded in the war. She is not having a good day.

If you liked "Sophie's Choice", you might like this movie. For me, it was just too much contrived melodrama. The moral that war destroys, not just the soldiers at the front, but the lives of their friends, family, and loved ones at home, is a valid one. It just isn't conveyed with much subtlety by this movie.

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