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Herbert Price (from the story by)
Anthony Asquith (scenario)
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11 April 1930 (USA) See more »
Flashback story of an escape from the lonely, high-security Dartmoor Prison. A jealous barber's assistant... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Hans Adalbert Schlettow ... Harry a Dartmoor Farmer (as Hans Schlettow)
Uno Henning ... Joe a Barber's Assistant
Norah Baring ... Sally a Manicurist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Anthony Asquith ... Bespectacled man in cinema (uncredited)
Judd Green ... Customer (uncredited)

Directed by
Anthony Asquith 
Writing credits
Herbert Price (from the story by) (as Herbert C. Price)

Anthony Asquith (scenario)

Produced by
H. Bruce Woolfe .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Stephen Horne (2006)
Peter Reiter-Schaub (2016)
Cinematography by
Stanley Rodwell (photography)
Axel Lindblom (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Ian Campbell-Gray  (as Ian Campbell Gray)
Arthur B. Woods (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
A. Frank Bundy .... assistant director (uncredited)
Music Department
William Hodgson .... conductor
William Hodgson .... music compiler
Stephen Horne .... musician: piano for 2006 score
Alfred Huff .... music mixer
Megumi Kasakawa .... musician: Viola
Michael M. Kasper .... musician: Cello
Jadish Mistry .... musician: Violin
Diego Ramos Rodriguez .... musician: Violin
Other crew
Ralph Smart .... continuity (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"A Cottage on Dartmoor" - UK (original title)
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88 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (theatre scene) (soundtrack lost) | Silent
Sweden:15 | UK:A | UK:PG (DVD rating)

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Continuity: When Joe shaves Harry the morning after the movie theater, the coverage of chin and cheeks by soap varies inconsistently through parts of the scene.See more »


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Beautifully Realized British Silent, 15 January 2007
Author: sunlily from Dallas, TX.

A Cottage on Dartmoor is a late British silent of stunning clarity and poetic justice. The use of the camera to caress the homey accents in Norah's boarding house, the use of mirrors to dramatize the lives and thoughts of the characters, the elongated camera angles of the escaped convict jumping from captivity to freedom, and running from his past into redemption. All of this and more make this late silent itself almost a valentine to the end of the silent era and the dawn of sound.

One of the most poignant scenes in the movie demonstrates this by taking us to a "talkie" that nonetheless has a full orchestra that the camera hones in on and romanticizes.

While this is a tale of obsession, it is also a story of love that has many emotionally tense elements that Norah Baring and Uno Henning handle with dignity and grace. I'm very surprised that I've not heard more about either of these actors.

A Cottage on Dartmoor is a very beautifully realized film that probably wouldn't have been as effective had it been made as a sound movie.

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