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Southern Love is a 1924 British drama film directed by Herbert Wilcox and starring Betty Blythe, Herbert Langley and Randle Ayrton.[2] It is based on the verse drama The Spanish Student by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. It is known by the alternative title Woman's Secret.

Southern Love
Directed byHerbert Wilcox
Produced byHerbert Wilcox
Written byHenry Wadsworth Longfellow (play)
Herbert Wilcox
Terry Stanford
StarringBetty Blythe
Herbert Langley
Randle Ayrton
Warwick Ward
CinematographyRené Guissart
Graham-Wilcox Productions
Distributed byGraham-Wilcox Productions
Release date
CountryUnited Kingdom



Dolores, a young gypsy woman, escapes from an arranged marriage and makes a living as a dancer.



After making Chu Chin Chow in Germany Herbert Wilcox was approached by other European film companies to make co productions. He picked a Viennese company hoping to break into the English market. Wilcox says he was unhappy with the story he was given so he decided to make his own story. Wilcox found filming in Vienna difficult. He launched the film with a mock bull fight in Albert Hall and says the film made a profit in England alone. He says Al Woods offered $250,000 for the US rights after he heard about the premiere but reneged after he saw the film.[3]


The film debuted at Albert Hall in front of 10,000 people.[4]


  1. ^ Wilcox p 58
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  3. ^ Wilcox p57-58
  4. ^ "AMUSEMENTS. HIS MAJESTY'S". The Mercury. CXXII (17, 865). Tasmania. 22 January 1925. p. 9. Retrieved 19 August 2017 – via National Library of Australia.

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