~The Face on the Bar-Room Floor~
Aka The Love Image (UK)
1923
Directed by: John Ford

Written by: G. Marion Burton & Eugene B. Lewis

Based on a poem by Hugh Antoine d'Arcy
~Cast~

Henry B. Walthall ... Robert Stevens
Ruth Clifford ... Marion Trevor
Ralph Emerson ... Dick Von Vleck (as Walter Emerson)
Frederick Sullivan ... Thomas Waring
Alma Bennett ... Lottie
Norval MacGregor ... Governor
Michael Dark ... Henry Drew
Gus Saville ... Fisherman
~Remaining Credits~

Produced and Released by Fox Film Corporation

Cinematography by: George Schneiderman
Presenter: William Fox

Length: 6 Reels
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Released: January 1, 1923
~Plot Synopsis~
The G. Marion Burton poem served as inspiration for several films (including the 1914 comic satire by
Charles Chaplin), but this melodrama, directed by John Ford, was the most sincerely done. In a
barroom, artist Robert Stevens (Henry Walthall) drunkenly relates his sad story -- he was engaged to
marry a society girl, Marion (Ruth Clifford), when her brother took advantage of a fisherman's
daughter, who commits suicide. To protect Marion's brother, Stevens takes the blame for the girl's
sad end. Marion leaves him and he begins his descent into the gutter. Stevens is falsely accused of a
crime and imprisoned. He is pardoned, however, because he has saved the life of the governor
(Norval McGregor). Stevens completes his sorry tale by painting Marion's face on the barroom floor.
Because someone recognizes the likeness he is able to locate her. He manages to pull himself out of
his alcoholic haze and the couple are reconciled.

Plot Synopsis by Janiss Garza, AllMovie.com
Ford-6-53: Henry B. Walthall in THE FACE ON THE BAR-ROOM FLOOR, 1923