The Song of Love (1923)

Genres - Adventure, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Adventure Drama  |  
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Although this desert drama was not one of Norma Talmadge's best films, it is notable because the director was screen writer Frances Marion. Part way through the shooting, Marion was hit by a falling arc lamp, and Chester Franklin (brother of director Sidney Franklin) subbed for her until she recovered. Ramon Valverde, a French secret service man (Joseph Schildkraut), is sent to a French-Arab colony to halt a revolt that is brewing. He meets the beautiful Noorma-Hal (Talmadge), who dances at the gambling hall run by her uncle, Chandra-Lal (Hector V. Sarno). He wins her love, then uses her to get information on the plans of Ramlika, the tribal chieftain (Arthur Edmund Carewe). Valverde is captured when the revolt begins and even though Noorma-Hal realizes she has been deceived, she still loves him and wants to save him. She promises to marry Ramlika if he will spare Valverde, then she swallows poison. Reinforcements arrive to stop the revolt, and Noorma-Hal recovers from her suicide attempt. Valverde belatedly realizes that he loves her, and they are united.

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agent [representative], Arab, desire, France, love