The Love Flower

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The Love Flower
The Love Flower (1920) - 3.jpg
Newspaper ad for The Love Flower
Directed by D. W. Griffith
Produced by D. W. Griffith
Written by D. W. Griffith
Based on “Black Beach” (story)
by Ralph Stock
Starring Carol Dempster
Richard Barthelmess
Cinematography G. W. Bitzer
Paul H. Allen
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
  • August 22, 1920 (1920-08-22) (New York City)
  • September 5, 1920 (1920-09-05) (U.S.)
Running time
7 reels
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)
Budget $300,000[1]

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]



Carol Dempster in The Love Flower

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,[4] 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. ^ a b 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. ^ Wagenknecht, Edward (2014). The Movies in the Age of Innocence (3 ed.). McFarland. pp. 86–87. ISBN 1-476-61764-3. 

External links[edit]

Media related to The Love Flower at Wikimedia Commons