When a Girl Loves (1924)

Genres - Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Drama  |   Run Time - 62 min.  |  
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This drama, which featured a fine cast, looked more expensively made than it actually was. When revolution overtakes Russia, Alex Boroff (William Orlamond) is left penniless. His daughter, Sasha (Agnes Ayers), is in love with Count Michael (Percy Marmont), but Rogojin (George Siegmann), a coachman who is now a political power, tries to force her to marry him. Michael is ordered to be shot, but he manages to escape. The night before Sasha's unwanted wedding, Rogojin is found murdered. The Boroffs travel to America and Sasha becomes a nurse. At the urging of her family, she marries Dr. Godfrey Luke (Robert McKim), who has a very successful practice. Michael becomes a famous opera singer and Sasha sees him perform. She finds out that Michael was told she was dead and he has married someone else, so she does not pursue a meeting with him. But Michael's wife, Helen (Kathlyn Williams), meets Dr. Luke and they run off together. To protect his honor, Michael challenges the doctor to a duel, and a stray bullet hits Sasha, who has come to stop them. Michael falls into a state of shock at the realization that Sasha is still alive, and Dr. Luke promises to save his life providing that Sasha not seek a divorce. But Grisha, a dwarf who has invented a "radio cure" (John George), brings Michael back to his senses himself. The song "Souvenir," which Michael is seen (if not heard) singing, played a big part in the film's soundtrack, showing that silent films really relied a lot more on sound -- or at least music -- than people nowadays might think.



doctor/nurse, escape, love, marriage, separation