GenreSilent film DistributorUnited Artists CountryUnited States
DirectorChester Withey CastBasil Sydney Duration
LanguageSilent (English intertitles) Release dateMay 30, 1920 (1920-05-30) WriterWells Hastings, Edward Sheldon (play) People also search forThe Devils Needle, She Loves and Lies
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Romance is a 1920 American silent drama film directed by Chester Withey and released through United Artists. The film is based on the 1913 play Romance by Edward Sheldon and stars Doris Keane, the actress who created the role in the play. This was Miss Keane's only motion picture. D.W. Griffith allowed the use of his Mamaroneck Studios for the production. The nephew of Griffith's favorite cameraman, Billy Bitzer, was the cinematographer. The story was later remade as Romance in 1930, an early talking vehicle for Greta Garbo.
No copies of Romance are known to survive making it another lost film.
As described in a film publication, a youth (Arthur Rankin) in the prologue seeks advice from his grandfather (Sydney), who then recalls a romance of his own youth which is then shown as a flashback. A priest (Sydney) is in love with an Italian opera singer (Keane), and the drama involves the conflict between his efforts to rise above worldly things or to leave with her. The romance ends with a deep note of pathos.
Doris Keane as Madame Cavallini
Basil Sydney as Bishop Armstrong / Bishop's nephew
Norman Trevor as Cornelius Van Tuyl
Betty Ross Clarke as Susan Van Tuyl
Amelia Summerville as Miss Armstrong
A.J. Herbert as Mr. Livingston
Gilda Varesi as Vanucci (credited as Gilda Varesi Archibald)
John Davidson as Beppo
June Ellen Terry as Suzette Armstrong
Arthur Rankin as Harry Armstrong
Vangie Valentine as Marion Ward
The movie was based on a hit play and was financed by fledgling United Artists. $150,000 was spent on the story and Doris Keane's salary. It went $100,000 over budget and recorded a loss of $80,000.