Tongues of Flame

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Directed by Joseph Henabery
Written byTownsend Martin
Based onTongues of Flame (novel)
by Peter Clark MacFarlane [1] [2]
Produced by Adolph Zukor
Jesse Lasky
Starring Thomas Meighan
Bessie Love
Cinematography Faxon M. Dean [3]
Production
company
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • December 15, 1924 (1924-12-15)(U.S.)
Running time
70 minutes; 7 reels
CountryUnited States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

Tongues of Flame is a 1924 American silent melodrama film [4] 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. [5] [6]

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Plot

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). [6] [7] [8] [9]

Cast

Production

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

Reception

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

Preservation

With no prints of Tongues of Flame located in any film archives, [12] it is a lost film.

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References

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  2. "Casts of Current Photoplays". Photoplay Magazine. 1925. p.  120.
  3. Love, Bessie (1977). From Hollywood with Love: An Autobiography of Bessie Love. London: Elm Tree Books. p. 152. OCLC   734075937.
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  7. 1 2 3 "Tiresome Movie That Paramount Should Be Ashamed to Sell". Wid's Weekly. December 25, 1924. p.  10.
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  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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