|~The Light That Failed~
The tale centers around Dick Heldar (Percy Marmont), an aspiring artist. Although he is devoted to his
childhood sweetheart, Maisie Wells (Sigrid Holmquist), his ambition drives him to faraway places. He
meets Torpenhow (David Torrence), a war correspondent, at Port Said, and accompanies him into battle.
Heldar is badly injured by a sabre and when he returns to London, he meets up with Maisie once again.
While searching for a subject for his masterpiece, Heldar finds Bessie Broke (Jacqueline Logan), a girl of
the streets. He has her pose for him. When Torpenhow comes around and shows an interest in Bessie,
Heldar chases him away. Bessie, angry at Heldar's interference, tries to destroy his relationship with
Maisie. Heldar's eyesight starts going bad because of the sabre incident and a doctor tells him that he will
be blind in a week. He pushes himself unmercifully to finish the painting, but Bessie slashes it. When she
realizes that Heldar really has gone blind, she reunites him with Maisie, who takes him home with her.
Plot Synopsis by Janiss Garza, AllMovie.com
|Directed by: George Melford
Jack Cunningham - adaptation
F. McGrew Willis - adaptation
Based on the novel "The Light That Failed," by Rudyard Kipling (1891).
Jacqueline Logan ... Bessie Broke
Percy Marmont ... Dick Heldar
David Torrence ... Topenhow
Sigrid Holmquist ... Maisie Wells
Mabel Van Buren ... Madame Binat
Luke Cosgrave ... Binat
Peggy Schaffer ... Donna Lane
Winston Miller ... Young Dick
Mary Jane Irving ... Young Maisie
Production Company: Famous Players-Lasky Corporation
Released by: Paramount Pictures
Cinematography by: Charles G. Clarke
Presenter: Jesse L. Lasky
Length: 7 Reels
Runtime: 70 Minutes
Released: October 25, 1923