LanguageSilent (English intertitles) Release dateAugust 22, 1920 (1920-08-22) (New York City)
September 5, 1920 (1920-09-05) (U.S.) Based on“Black Beach” (story)
by Ralph Stock WriterD.W. Griffith, Ralph Stock (story) CastCarol Dempster (Stella Bevan), Richard Barthelmess (Bruce Sanders), George MacQuarrie (Thomas Bevan), Anders Randolf (Matthew Crane), Florence Short (Mrs. Bevan), Crauford Kent (Her Visitor) CinematographyBilly Bitzer, Paul H. Allen Similar moviesJurassic 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
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.