Tongues of Flame

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Tongues of Flame
Directed by Joseph Henabery
Produced by Adolph Zukor
Jesse Lasky
Written byTownsend Martin
Based onTongues of Flame (novel)
by Peter Clark MacFarlane [1] [2]
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 [4] 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. [5] [6] [7]

Contents

Production

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

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] [8] [9] [10]

Cast

Reception

The film received generally negative reviews, [8] although Bessie Love's performance was praised. [8]

See also

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References

  1. Macfarlane, Peter Clark (1924). Tongues of Flame. New York: Cosmopolitan Book Corporation. OCLC   818810989.
  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.
  4. "Tongues of Flame (1924)". American Film Institute.
  5. Bennett, Carl (May 4, 2014). "Progressive Silent Film List: Tongues of Flame". Silent Era.
  6. 1 2 3 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.
  7. "American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: Tongues of Flame". The Library of Congress.
  8. 1 2 3 "Tiresome Movie That Paramount Should Be Ashamed to Sell". Wid's Weekly. December 25, 1924. p.  10.
  9. Hilger, Michael (1986). "The Silent Films—1924". The American Indian in Film. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press. p.  41. ISBN   0-8108-1905-8.
  10. Langman, Larry (1992). A Guide to Silent Westerns. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 459–60. ISBN   978-0-313-27858-7.
  11. "Meighan Makes Picture with Indians Watching". Pittsburgh Press . Pittsburgh, PA. December 12, 1924. p. 113.
  12. "What the Stars Are Doing". Motion Picture Magazine. Vol. 28 no. 11. December 1924. p.  99.