The Song of Love (1923 film)

The Song of Love is a 1923 American silent adventure drama film directed by Chester Franklin and Frances Marion, starring Norma Talmadge, Joseph Schildkraut, and Arthur Edmund Carewe. Frances Marion's screenplay is based on the 1922 novel The Dust of Desire by Margaret Peterson.[1]

The Song of Love
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Directed byChester Franklin
Frances Marion
Written byFrances Marion
Based onThe Dust of Desire
by Margaret Peterson
Produced byJoseph M. Schenck
StarringNorma Talmadge
CinematographyAntonio Gaudio
Norma Talmadge Productions
Distributed byAssociated First National Pictures
Release date
  • December 24, 1923 (1923-12-24)
Running time
96 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


The plot of The Song of Love focuses on the relationships among North African Arab citizens, Tuaregs, and French colonial citizens who live in a small outpost with homes, shops and a bar/social spot. Norma Talmadge is a dancing girl, whose uncle is viewed as a leader in the Arab community and owner of the social spot. Other key roles are an Arab prince, seeking support from the Tuaregs to regain control of the outpost from the French colonists; a French secret service agent (who becomes the love interest); the French colonial leaders: a French spouse and an American. Through intrigue and conversations, the storyline evolves during the 81 minutes of this movie, resulting in a nighttime battle scene and the main characters professing love for each other.

NOTE: Kino Lorber, Inc. in 2018 produced a series of DVDs to share restored and digitized versions of films produced and directed by women between 1910 and 1923. Since Norma Talmadge produced this film through her company and the co-director is Frances Marion, this film is part of this collection. Many of the films in this collection are now housed with the Library of Congress.[2]



A copy of The Song of Love is in the Library of Congress, Czech Film Archive, and other film archives.[3][4]


  1. ^ "The Song of Love". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  2. ^ Douglas, Illeana et. al., 2018, Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers. Copublished by Library of Congress and Kino Classics.
  3. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: The Song of Love at
  4. ^ The Library of Congress/FIAF American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog:The Song of Love

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