Greatest Love (1921)

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After her success in Humoresque, character actress Vera Gordon became known for her matriarchal roles. Here, she is Mrs. Lantini, an Italian immigrant who keeps her family together in New York City. Her husband (Bertram Marburgh) makes plaster casts for a living. When the Lantini's boy, Lorenzo, saves little Dorothy Manton in an accident, her father (William H. Tooker) takes an interest in the family. He funds the boy's education and he becomes an architect. Because of his success, Lorenzo (Hugh Huntley) is able to move his family to fashionable Riverside Drive, and they are all happy except for the earthy mother Lantini, who thinks the servants get in the way. Lorenzo has designed a theater for Richard Sewell (Donald Hall). His sister, Francesca (Yvonne Shelton), approaches Sewell for some theatrical costumes and he attacks her. Lorenzo finds out that his sister has been raped, and when he goes to Sewell's, he finds him dead. The young man is arrested and convicted of the murder, and only Mrs. Lantini's love keeps the family from falling apart. Eventually the real killer is apprehended, and Lorenzo is freed to be united with Dorothy (Ray Kean). Francesca's sweetheart resolves to marry her in spite of the circumstances.

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