The Call of the Blood (1920 film)

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The Call of the Blood
L'Appel du sang (1920) still 1.jpg
Desdemona Mazza, Ivor Novello and Gabriel de Gravone
Directed by Louis Mercanton
Written byLouis Mercanton
Based on The Call of the Blood
by Robert Hichens
Starring Ivor Novello
Phyllis Neilson-Terry
Charles Le Bargy
CinematographyÉmile Pierre
Société des Films Mercanton
Distributed byRoyal Film
Release date
12 March 1920
French intertitles

The Call of the Blood (French: L'appel du sang) is a 1920 French silent drama film directed by Louis Mercanton and starring Ivor Novello, Phyllis Neilson-Terry, and Charles Le Bargy. The film is most notable for giving a screen debut to the Welsh actor Novello, who went on to become a major star in the 1920s. [1] It is based on the 1906 novel of the same title by Robert Hichens. The costumes were designed by Paul Poiret.



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  1. Macbnab p.39