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Wuthering Heights (1920)

| Drama | July 1920 (UK)
The first screen adaptation of Emily Bronte's book about star cross'd lovers who demolish themselves and everyone around them with their self-destructive love.

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Heathcliff
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Catherine Earnshaw
Warwick Ward ...
Hindley Earnshaw
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Cathy
John L. Anderson ...
Edgar Linton
Cecil Morton York ...
Earnshaw
Cyril Raymond ...
Hareton
Dora De Winton ...
Mrs. Linton
Aileen Bagot ...
Frances Earnshaw
Mrs. Templeton ...
Nelly Dean
George Traill ...
Joseph
Alfred Bennett ...
Reverend Shields
Albert Brantford ...
Heathcliff, as a child
Lewis Barber ...
Hareton, as a child
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Cathy, as a child (as Baby Twinkles)
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The first screen adaptation of Emily Bronte's book about star cross'd lovers who demolish themselves and everyone around them with their self-destructive love.

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Emily Bronte's tremendous story of hate

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The Bronte Parsonage Museum in England is trying to find a copy of this rare film. It is believed to be the first film adaptation of a Bronte novel, and it starred some of the UK's most popular actors of the time. See more »

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Version of Matinee Theatre: Wuthering Heights (1955) See more »

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Regrettable loss
12 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

Wuthering Heights has many good or tolerable adaptations, but there is no definitive version. Many of them skip over the second generation plot, choosing to focus solely on the doomed love affair between Heathcliff and Catherine.

This makes it all the more regrettable that this first film adaptation of the novel is lost, since from what we know of it, it covered the whole story. Rather than being advertised as a great love story, as the glossy 1939 version was, the taglines pronounced it as "Emily Bronte's tremendous story of hate." A shame that this version has not come to light in the years since and that we know so little. Hopefully it will turn up in an archive or closet somewhere.


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