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The Love Flower

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Director  D. W. Griffith
6.8/10 IMDb

Genres  Silent film, Drama
Country  United States
The Love Flower movie poster
Language  Silent (English intertitles)
Release date  August 22, 1920 (1920-08-22) (New York City) September 5, 1920 (1920-09-05) (U.S.)
Based on  “Black Beach” (story)  by Ralph Stock
Writer  D.W. Griffith, Ralph Stock (story)
Cast  Carol Dempster (Stella Bevan), Richard Barthelmess (Bruce Sanders), George MacQuarrie (Thomas Bevan), Anders Randolf (Matthew Crane), Florence Short (Mrs. Bevan), Crauford Kent (Her Visitor)
Cinematography  Billy Bitzer, Paul H. Allen
Similar movies  Jurassic World, Self/less, Mission: Impossible II, How to Train Your Dragon, The Incredibles, Zandalee

the love flower 1920 director d w griffith

The Love Flower is a 1920 American silent drama film produced by D. W. Griffith and released through the then nascent United Artist company of which Griffith was a founding partner.



As described in a film magazine, Thomas Bevan (MacQuarrie) has served an undeserved term in prison. He marries again, but his new wife is unsympathetic towards his daughter Stella (Dempster) because of the father's great great love for and comradeship with his daughter. Matthew Crane (Randolf) of the Secret Service, who sent Bevan to prison, comes to the town where Bevan is now living. Bevan's wife is unfaithful, and a loyal servant (Lestina) goes after Bevan, who had been leaving on a business trip, and tells him of the treachery. Bevan goes back to verify the statement, and in a fight the man (Kent) is accidentally killed. Crane hears of the murder and intercepts Stella, who had been on her way to the motorboat Bevan had purchased for his getaway. Bevan comes up from the rear and makes a captive of Crane until he and his daughter leave. They eventually land on a South Sea island and happily live there with one servant. Visiting a nearby island to trade with a native, Stella meets Bruce Sanders (Barthelmess), a wealthy plantation owner out for excitement. She wants to be friends with him, but fears he may be a federal officer looking for her father. Sanders is puzzled by her cold manner. Sanders returns to the mainland where he meets Crane who is hot on the trail. Crane persuades Sanders to take him to the island where Stella and Bevan live, which he, unsuspecting, gladly does. On their arrival Crane arrests Bevan and Stella, believing Sanders deliberately brought Crane there, will have nothing to do with him. Stella sinks Sanders boat, marooning all four on the island. When the boat is washed ashore, Sanders to show his good faith sinks it again, and Stella confesses that she loves him. Crane's comrades send help to him on the island, and Bevan refuses to get on the boat. After a dramatic fight, Crane believes Bevan has drowned. Stella and Sanders return and wed on the mainland and make plans to rescue her father.


  • Richard Barthelmess as Bruce Sanders
  • Carol Dempster as Stella Bevan
  • George MacQuarrie as Stella's father, Thomas Bevan
  • Anders Randolf as Matthew Crane
  • Florence Short as Mrs. Bevan
  • Crauford Kent as her visitor
  • Adolph Lestina as Bevan's old servant
  • William James as Crane's assistant
  • Jack Manning as Crane's assistant
  • Production

    Griffith filmed The Love Flower simultaneously with The Idol Dancer (1920) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Nassau, Bahamas, in December 1919 to fulfill a contract with First National Pictures, but after previewing the film on 2 April 1920 before the American Newspaper Publishers Association in New York, he purchased the rights to The Love Flower for $400,000. Additional underwater footage of Dempster was shot in Florida along with scenes of her and MacQuarrie against a black background. The reedited film was then released by United Artists.


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