The Love Flower

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.[2][3]

The Love Flower
Newspaper ad for The Love Flower
Directed byD. W. Griffith
Produced byD. W. Griffith
Written byD. W. Griffith
Based on“Black Beach” (story)
by Ralph Stock
StarringCarol Dempster
Richard Barthelmess
CinematographyG. W. Bitzer
Paul H. Allen
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • August 22, 1920 (1920-08-22) (New York City)
  • September 5, 1920 (1920-09-05) (U.S.)
Running time
7 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine,[4] 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.



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,[5] 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.[2] 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.


  1. Balio, Tino (2009). United Artists: The Company Built by the Stars. University of Wisconsin Press. p. 39. ISBN 978-0-299-23004-3.
  2. Progressive Silent Film List: The Love Flower at
  3. The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1911-20 by The American Film Institute, c. 1988
  4. "Reviews: The Love Flower". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 11 (14): 85. October 2, 1920.
  5. Wagenknecht, Edward (2014). The Movies in the Age of Innocence (3 ed.). McFarland. pp. 86–87. ISBN 1-476-61764-3.
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