Broadway Love

Broadway Love is a 1918 American silent romance film directed by Ida May Park and starring Dorothy Phillips, William Stowell, and Lon Chaney. A print of the film survives in the George Eastman House Motion Picture Collection.[1]

Broadway Love
Directed byIda May Park
Written byIda May Park
W. Carey Wonderly
StarringLon Chaney
Dorothy Phillips
William Stowell
CinematographyKing D. Gray
Distributed byUniversal Film Manufacturing Company
Release date
  • January 21, 1918 (1918-01-21)
Running time
5 reels (approximately 50 minutes)
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Plot

The film follows the story of Midge O'Hara, a young woman living in the country, who leaves her home in order to perform on Broadway. She is able to get hired as a chorus girl, and, at her new job, meets Cherry Blow, a party girl and gold digger. Cherry dates one man, staying with him until his cash runs out, upon which she leaves for someone else wealthy. One of these men is Jack Chalvey, whom Cherry had dated until his expenses from buying her so many things left him in debt. After meeting Midge, Jack, who has become depressed and almost commits suicide, reforms his life and also begins to have interest in her. However, Midge's own life becomes more complicated when her boyfriend from the country, Elmer Watkins, comes to propose to her. To make matters worse, the rich Henry Rockwell begins chasing after her.[2]

Cast

Reception

Like many American films of the time, Broadway Love was subject to cuts by city and state film censorship boards. For example, the Chicago Board of Censors required a cut, in Reel 2, of an intoxicated man falling on a couch and then from same, the intertitle "I've heard tell of these places", struggle scene where man takes hold of woman's shoulders, in Reel 3, last scene of men and woman drinking at table, kissing woman on shoulder in automobile and all but the first and last struggle scenes, and two intertitles "You've left me alone" etc. and "Its your own game" etc.[3]

References

  1. "Silent Era: Broadway Love". silentera.com. Retrieved June 26, 2008.
  2. Broadway Love at lonchaney.org
  3. "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 6 (7): 29. February 9, 1918.
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