The Golden Gift (1922)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Run Time - 55 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Having served her apprenticeship as leading lady to Fatty Arbuckle and Buster Keaton, Alice Lake graduated to stardom in the 1920s through the auspices of Metro studios. In The Golden Gift, Lake plays a famous singer. When she gives birth to her baby, the singer simultaneously loses her "golden gift," her beautiful singing voice. As a result, misfortune befalls our heroine for the next four reels, culminating in her being obliged to take a dancing job in a Mexican cabaret. Thankfully, her voice is restored, and she rises to the heights of fame as a European opera diva. And then she falls in love with the man (John Bowers) who adopted her child, but the child's father, disgusted by anyone who would "desert" her baby, wants nothing to do with the woman. It goes on and on like this until the inevitable, all-cleansing climactic embrace.



adoption, child, childbirth, dance [art], desert, husband, love, meeting, Mexico, mother, nightclub, opera, songwriter, teacher, toddlers, truth, voice [speaking]