Drums of Love
|Drums of Love|
|Directed by||D. W. Griffith|
|Produced by||D. W. Griffith|
|Written by||Gerrit J. Lloyd|
|Music by||Charles Wakefield Cadman
|Cinematography||G. W. Bitzer
|Edited by||James Smith|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
After finding out her father and his estate is in danger, Princess Emanuella saves his life by marrying Duke Cathos de Alvia, a grotesque hunchback. She actually is in love with Leonardo, his attractive younger brother. They already had an affair before the marriage, but continue secretly meeting each other. In the end, Cathos finds out about his wife's unfaithfulness and stabs both his wife and brother to death.
- Mary Philbin as Princess Emanuella
- Lionel Barrymore as Duke Cathos de Alvia
- Don Alvarado as Count Leonardo de Alvia
- Tully Marshall as Bopi
- William Austin as Raymond of Boston
- Eugenie Besserer as Duchess de Alvia
- Charles Hill Mailes Duke de Granada
- Rosemary Cooper as The Maid
- Joyce Coad as The Little Sister
The film was a modernized adaption of a Francesca da Rimini opera.[clarification needed] The settings were changed from 14th century Italy to 19th century South America. The film was directed by D. W. Griffith, whose career was in decline. He imposed a happy ending, but this idea was rejected.
The female lead went to Mary Philbin, who was on a loan from another studio, (Universal). Cinematographer Karl Struss was especially impressed with the actress and tested her two weeks for different wigs. Philbin later called working with Griffith like a 'dream come true'.
The film was received as one of D. W. Griffith's weakest. Critics agreed that Griffith did not know how to handle the film's theme and story the way Tod Browning could have. Both the critics and the audience agreed that the poor reception was mainly due to the ending.
- Synopsis "Full Synopsis for Drums of Love (1928)". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 2010-01-15.
- Hall, Mordaunt. "Review Summary". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-01-15.
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