Fun Size Review: The Love Flower (1920)

D.W. Griffith offers adventure, romance, exotic climes, a leering camera and Carol Dempster to the viewing public. The viewing public says: “Thanks but no thanks.” Carol is a zany teen determined to save her father from a murder charge in this kitchen sink (as in everything but) caper.

Oh, Dad’s guilty, Carol just doesn’t want him arrested. Unlikable characters, an inexperienced leading lady and far too little Richard Barthelmess doom this picture. Dempster is good at the stunts. Acting, not so much.

How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.
Carol fakes her father’s death, leaving him free from prosecution and allowing her to pursue a romance with Barthelmess.

Read my full-length review here.

If it were a dessert it would be: Cherpumple. Combining every flavor people like into one dessert just doesn’t work. Novelty only.

Availability: Released on DVD.


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  1. Scott Lueck

    Well, we do have this film to thank for the “Do stop running around here like an idiot” title card that comes in handy when reviewing Griffith films, so there’s that.

    I really feel sorry for poor Carol, though. Perhaps if she had been teamed up with a director that was a little more in tune to what young women of the time were really like, she may have had a better career. Honestly, I could have seen her doing quite well at Pathe filming serials; goodness knows she had the ability to do stunts and would have made a great serial heroine.

    1. Fritzi Kramer

      Yes, I agree. She didn’t ruin Griffith’s career, he ruined hers by stubbornly insisting that she mimic the quirks of his other leading ladies instead of guiding her toward discovering her own unique appeal.

    1. Fritzi Kramer

      I always heard of her in the context of “she ruined Griffith’s career” but then I stopped and considered the fact that she was still legally a child when Griffith began his campaign to make her of a star, which makes the attacks on her seem really cruel and unwarranted.

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