East Lynne (1931)




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Whenever a vaudeville comic of the 1920s wanted to get a quick laugh, he'd announce to his audience "Next Week: East Lynne." To many playgoers, this hoary stage adaptation of Mrs. Henry Wood's 1861 novel represented the height of Victorian nonesuch. Still, there were several silent film versions of East Lynne, all of which made money. 1931 yielded no fewer than two adaptations, one set in modern times and retitled Ex-Flame. Fox Studios' version restored the original title and the 1860s setting, but couldn't do much with that creaky plot. Ann Harding portrays Lady Isabel Carlisle, who nearly a decade of family hardships learns that her son has fallen ill. Despite being nearly blind as the result of a bomb explosion, Lady Carlisle returns home to see her son one last time--just before dying herself.


Ann Harding
as Lady Isabella
Clive Brook
as Capt. Levinson
Conrad Nagel
as Robert Carlyle
Cecilia Loftus
as Cornelia Carlyle
O.P. Heggie
as Earl of Mount Severn
Wally Albright
as William, as a Boy
Ronnie Cosbey
as William, as a Baby
Eric Mayne
as Doctor
David Torrence
as Sir Richard Hare
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Critic Reviews for East Lynne

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

Mr. Brook acts with his usual restraint. Miss Loftus is capital as the sinister Cornelia.

Jan 31, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

An excellent piece of work in taking a legendary meller play and transposing it into a screen drama of strength and charm.

Jan 31, 2012 | Full Review…
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Good cast rises above the extravagantly emotional and sentimental material.

Jan 31, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Ann Hardin gives a solid performance in this melodrama about a woman who goes blind after being deserted.

Mar 9, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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