~The Greatest Love~
1920
~Promotional Photograph from The California Theater to
promote the screening of "The Greatest Love," for the week of
February 20th, 1920~
~Plot Synopsis~
After her success in Humoresque, character actress Vera Gordon became known for her matriarchal
roles. Here, she is Mrs. Lantini, an Italian immigrant who keeps her family together in New York City. Her
husband (Bertram Marburgh) makes plaster casts for a living. When the Lantini's boy, Lorenzo, saves
little Dorothy Manton in an accident, her father (William H. Tooker) takes an interest in the family. He
funds the boy's education and he becomes an architect. Because of his success, Lorenzo (Hugh Huntley) is
able to move his family to fashionable Riverside Drive, and they are all happy except for the earthy
mother Lantini, who thinks the servants get in the way. Lorenzo has designed a theater for Richard
Sewell (Donald Hall). His sister, Francesca (Yvonne Shelton), approaches Sewell for some theatrical
costumes and he attacks her. Lorenzo finds out that his sister has been raped, and when he goes to
Sewell's, he finds him dead. The young man is arrested and convicted of the murder, and only Mrs.
Lantini's love keeps the family from falling apart. Eventually the real killer is apprehended, and Lorenzo
is freed to be united with Dorothy (Ray Kean). Francesca's sweetheart resolves to marry her in spite of
the circumstances.

Plot Synopsis by: Janiss Garza, AllMovie.com
Directed by: Henry Kolker

Written by: Edward J. Montagne

Based on the story by Eddie Dowling.
~Cast~

Vera Gordon ...  Mrs. Lantini
Bertram Marburgh ...  Mr. Lantini
Yvonne Shelton ...  Francesca Lantini
Hugh Huntley ...  Lorenzo Lantini
William H. Tooker ...  Mr. Manton
Raye Dean ...  Dorothy Manton
Donald Hall ...  Richard Sewall
Sally Crute ...  Mrs. Sewall
Jessie Simpson ...  Mrs. McCarthy
Bobby Connelly ...  Child
~Remaining Credits~

Produced & Released by: Select Pictures Corporation

Cinematography by: Jules Cronjager, Alfred Gandolfi & Phil Rosen
Supervised by: Harry Rapf
Presenter: Lewis J. Selznick

Length: 6 Reels
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Released: December 1920
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