Love Comes Along

Love Comes Along is a 1930 American romantic film directed by Rupert Julian, written by Wallace Smith, based on the uncompleted play Conchita by Edward Knoblock. It was a vehicle specifically picked to highlight the vocal talents of Bebe Daniels, which also starred Lloyd Hughes and Montagu Love. It made a profit of $258,000.[1][2]

Love Comes Along
Theatrical poster for German release of the film
Directed byRupert Julian
Produced byWilliam LeBaron
Henry Hobart
Written byWallace Smith (screenplay)
Based onConchita
by Edward Knoblock
StarringBebe Daniels
Lloyd Hughes
Montagu Love
Music byVictor Baravalle (director)
Sidney Clare (lyrics)
Oscar Levant (music)
Cinematography J. Roy Hunt
Edited byArchie Marshek
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • January 5, 1930 (1930-01-05) (US)[1]
Running time
72 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$478,000[2]

An incomplete print has long been preserved in the Library of Congress collection.[3]


An actress, Peggy, is stranded on the island of Caparoja, which is ruled by a local dictator, Sangredo. For a living, she sings in the local tavern, where she is seen by two sailors from a tramp steamer who are visiting the port, Johnny and Happy. Johnny falls in love with Peggy and plans to marry her, rescuing her from her exile. However, Sangredo hires Peggy to perform at a party he is throwing, when the original singer, Carlotta, backs out. When Johnny finds out about the agreement, he misunderstands their relationship, and blows up at her. Peggy gets furious in turn over the fact he could believe that about her, and calls the wedding off.

At the party, Peggy relents, and sings a love song directly to Johnny, which angers Sangredo. He orders that Johnny be arrested, but Peggy steps forward to intercede on his behalf. She offers to spend the night with Sangredo, if he will release Johnny and let him sail with his steamer. He agrees, and Johnny is escorted to his ship. However, Johnny and Happy, sneak back to the town and break Peggy out of Sangredo's house. Fleeing, they board the steamer, escaping from the island.



  • "Night Winds" - performed by Bebe Daniels
  • "Until Love Comes Along" - performed by Bebe Daniels
  • "I Am a Simple Maid" - performed by Bebe Daniels
  • "A Sailor's Life" - Performed by Lloyd Hughes; reprised by Bebe Daniels and Lloyd Hughes


With a lower budget, audiences noted the drop in production quality in Love Comes Along when compared to Daniels' prior successful film Rio Rita (1929), but they did enjoy her songs.[4]


This film is based on the play Conchita by Edward Knoblock, which according to his papers, which are saved on the campus of Harvard University in the rare books collection in the Houghton Library, was never completed, with only an outline existing.[1]

The film is also known by its Italian title, Ecco l'amore![5]


  1. "Love Comes Along: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved April 16, 2014.
  2. Richard Jewel, 'RKO Film Grosses: 1931-1951', Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television, Vol 14 No 1, 1994 p. 56
  3. Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at The Library of Congress p. 107 c.1978 by The American Film Institute
  4. Epting, Charles L. (2016). Bebe Daniels: Hollywood’s Good Little Bad Girl. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland. p. 124. ISBN 978-1-4766-2532-4.
  5. "Love Comes Along: Technical Details". Retrieved June 4, 2014.
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