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Tess of the D'Urbervilles (1924)

A young girl is seduced and raped by an older middle class man in Victorian England. After moving on with her path, she gets married. All is well until her husband discovers her past. ... See full summary »

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A young girl is seduced and raped by an older middle class man in Victorian England. After moving on with her path, she gets married. All is well until her husband discovers her past. Leading her on a life of wandering, murder, and execution. Written by Jeff Schoner <zek@primenet.com>

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11 August 1924 (USA)  »

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A Tragic Loss
20 July 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

When John Durbeyfield ( Victory Bateman ) learns that he is a descendant of the rich D'Urbervilles, he sends his daughter Tess ( Blanche Sweet ) to Alec D'Urberville ( Stuart Holmes ), who employs her as a maid. Betrayed by him, she leaves, and tragedy stalks her life. Tess loses her baby, but she finds happiness with Angel Clare ( Conrad Nagel ), though he leaves her upon learning her history. To free herself from the influence of Alec, she is forced to kill him and is executed for the crime.

This 1924 silent drama was based from the novel Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy, produced by the Metro-Goldwyn Pictures Corporation, starring Blanche Sweet who was directed by her then husband,Marshall Neilan. The capture sequence was shot at Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England. The film was previewed in Edendale, California. Two endings were shot with the intentions that exhibitors would be allowed to choose which ending they would show. Eventually, the film was released with the hanging ending as Hardy wrote it. Tragically this silent melodrama now remains a lost silent film.


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