Vintage original 11 x1 4 in. US lobby card from the 1920's historical historical fiction silent film drama/romance, DRUMS OF LOVE, released in 1928 by United Artists and directed by D.W. Griffith.
The image is from the wedding scene between Princess Emanuella (Mary Philbin) and the elder Duke Cathos de Avlia (Lionel Barrymore), as she stares at her betrothed with mixed emotions while the Duke's handsome younger brother, Count Leonardo de Alvia (Don Alvarado), the man she is truly in love with, watches. It is unrestored in very good condition with a vertical crease down the center.
Interestingly, it was folded by an orchestra member in order to store a piece of sheet music in it, as written in pencil in the top right portion of the verso is "Peace Forever March-Nielsen 6/8" and the number "402" circled in pencil.
*"Drums of Love (1928) is a silent romance film directed by D. W. Griffith. The film was a modernized adaption of a Francesca da Rimini opera. The settings were changed from 14th century Italy to 19th century South America. The film was directed by D.W. Griffith, whose career was in decline. He imposed a happy ending, but this idea was rejected.The female lead went to Mary Philbin, who was on a loan from another studio, (Universal). Cinematographer Karl Struss was especially impressed with the actress and tested her two weeks for different wigs. Philbin later called working with Griffith like a 'dream come true'.
The film was received as one of D.W. Griffith's weakest. Critics agreed that Griffith did not know how to handle the film's theme and story the way Tod Browning could have. Both the critics and the audience agreed that the poor reception was mainly due to the ending."
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