Tongues of Flame

Tongues of Flame is a 1924 American silent film produced by Famous Players-Lasky and distributed through Paramount Pictures. It is based on a novel by Peter Clark MacFarlane and was directed by Joseph Henabery. The film starred Thomas Meighan and Bessie Love. It was produced by Famous Players-Lasky and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It is now a lost film.[4][5][6]

Tongues of Flame
Directed byJoseph Henabery
Produced byAdolph Zukor
Jesse Lasky
Written byTownsend Martin
Based onTongues of Flame (novel)
by Peter Clark MacFarlane[1][2]
StarringThomas Meighan
Bessie Love
CinematographyFaxon M. Dean[3]
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • December 15, 1924 (1924-12-15)
Running time
70 minutes; 7 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


The picture was filmed at Great Neck and Manhasset Bay on Long Island, New York.


The Native American Siwash people have been displaced from their land and live on a reservation. Wealthy Boland (Churchill) attempts to buy the reservation from the Siwash, who consult honest attorney Harrington (Meighan) for advice. Harrington looks into the contract and advises the Siwash to accept it. However, after the sale goes through, Boland drills for oil on the land, violating the contract. This angers Harrington, who exposes Boland's fraud. In retaliation, Boland has Harrington arrested on false charges.

A local court looks into the surveys associated with Boland's contracts, and returns all the Siwash native lands to them. Harrington is released from prison, and falls in love with the Siwash schoolteacher Lahleet (Love).[5][7][8][9]



The film received generally negative reviews,[7] although Bessie Love's performance was praised.[7]

See also


  1. Macfarlane, Peter Clark (1924). Tongues of Flame. New York: Cosmopolitan Book Corporation. OCLC 818810989.
  2. "Casts of Current Photoplays". Photoplay Magazine. p. 120.
  3. Love, Bessie (1977). From Hollywood with Love: An Autobiography of Bessie Love. London: Elm Tree Books. p. 152. OCLC 734075937.
  4. "Progressive Silent Film List: Tongues of Flame". Silent Era.
  5. Munden, Kenneth W., ed. (1971). The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States: Feature Films 1921–1930. New York: R.R. Bowker Company. p. 819. OCLC 664500075.
  6. "American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: Tongues of Flame". The Library of Congress.
  7. "Tiresome Movie That Paramount Should Be Ashamed to Sell". Wid's Weekly. December 25, 1924. p. 10.
  8. Hilger, Michael (1986). "The Silent Films—1924". The American Indian in Film. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press. p. 41. ISBN 0-8108-1905-8.
  9. Langman, Larry (1992). A Guide to Silent Westerns. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 459–60. ISBN 978-0-313-27858-7.
  10. "Meighan Makes Picture with Indians Watching". Pittsburgh Press. Pittsburgh, PA. December 12, 1924. p. 113.
  11. "What the Stars Are Doing". Motion Picture Magazine. Vol. 28 no. 11. December 1924. p. 99.

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