The Kingdom of Love (1918)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Director Frank Lloyd briefly parted company with his favorite star William Farnum to helm the Jewel Carmen vehicle The Kingdom of Love. The story begins when little Violet and Frank Carson are separated in childhood when their parents divorce. Years later, the grown-up Frank (Fred Milton) meets the adult Violet (Carmen) somewhere in the Klondike. Unaware of the girl's identity, Frank falls in love with her, but the facts come out before anything of a questionable nature can take place. When word comes that their mother is dying, Frank despairs that he hasn't enough money to travel back to the U.S. to be by her bedside. In one of the most spectacular self-sacrificial gestures in film history, Violet auctions off her sexual favors to the highest bidder in order to pay for Frank's travelling expenses. She is "bought" by kindly minister David Cromwell (L.C. Shumway), who refuses to compromise her virtue. Out of gratitude, Violet marries David, who adds frosting to the cake by discovering a rich vein of gold. Way, way down the cast list is Dick LaReno, perhaps the first of Hollywood's "name" actors to accept an uncredited role in a Fox production (though hardly the last).

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bishop, brother, death, divorce, father, gold, kingdom, loot, love, mother, moving, offer, sister