The Broken Butterfly
|The Broken Butterfly|
|Directed by||Maurice Tourneur|
|Produced by||Maurice Tourneur|
|Written by||Penelope Knapp (novel) |
H. Tipton Steck
Charles E. Whittaker
|Starring||Lew Cody |
Maurice Tourneur Productions
|Distributed by||Robertson-Cole Distributing Corporation|
|November 1, 1919|
While strolling through the forests of Canada, Marcene Elliot (Starke), a naive young woman meets Darrell Thorne (Cody), a composer looking for inspiration for a symphony. They are fascinated by each other and she abandons herself into her lover’s arms. Darrell then writes a symphony and calls it “Marcene” after her. He then asks her to accompany her to New York City for the first time, but she refuses, fearing the anger of her Aunt Zabie (Alden).
Marcene gives birth to a little girl and then her aunt rejects her. Her own fears push her to attempt suicide. Upon returning from New York, Darrell learns from Aunt Zabie that Marcene is dead. He then travels to forget his pain and meets Marcene's sister on the Riviera where she is conducting a symphony. The couple then get married. Upon returning to Canada, they discover that Marcene is still alive, but is dying, and that she has a daughter. In agreement with his wife, they hide their marriage from Marcene. She dies happy and Darrell adopts the little girl.
- Waldman, Harry. Maurice Tourneur: The Life and Films. McFarland, 2001.