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Prunella (1918)

Carefully guarded by her three maiden aunts, Prim, Prude and Privacy, Prunella sees nothing of the world beyond her garden walls until a troupe of strolling players passes by. Peeping over ... See full summary »


Maurice Tourneur




Complete credited cast:
Marguerite Clark ... Prunella
Jules Raucourt Jules Raucourt ... Pierrot
Henry Leone ... Scaramel (as Harry Leoni)
Isabel Berwin Isabel Berwin ... Prim
Marcia Harris ... Prude
Nora Cecil ... Privacy
William J. Gross ... The Gardener
A. Voorhees Wood A. Voorhees Wood ... The Gardener
Charles Hartley Charles Hartley ... The Gardener
Arthur Kennedy Arthur Kennedy ... The Gardener's boy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John De Lacey John De Lacey


Carefully guarded by her three maiden aunts, Prim, Prude and Privacy, Prunella sees nothing of the world beyond her garden walls until a troupe of strolling players passes by. Peeping over the hedge, Prunella catches sight of the dashing Pierrot, and he, captivated by her beauty, leaps into the garden and makes love to her. That night, Prunella elopes with Pierrot, and soon she becomes a star of the Paris stage. Pierrot and his wife are happy for several years, but the fickle Pierrot finally deserts her for a new flame. Soon, however, he realizes the depth of his love for Prunella, and learning that she has left the stage, he returns to the garden to search for her and buys the little cottage from her only surviving aunt. At a party given for him by the mummers, Pierrot wanders distractedly into the garden, where he finds what he imagines is Prunella's ghost. Embracing her, he discovers to his joy that his Prunella is alive.

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Miss Clark's great stage success of the stage has been transferred to the screen, greater and better than the famous spoken play that had Broadway enthralled.




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(1913). Stage Play: Prunella Love in a Garden]. Drama. Written by Laurence Housman and Harley Granville-Barker. Music by Joseph Moorat. Little Theatre (moved to The Booth Theatre from 8 Dec 1913- close): 27 Oct 1913- unknown (104 performances). Cast: Marguerite Clark (as "Prunella") [final Broadway role], Ernest Glendinning (as "Pierrot"), Kathleen Comegys, Edwin Cushman, Kate De Becker, William Evill, Nennelle Foster, Winifred Fraser, Paul Gordon, Marie Hudspeth, Master Albert James, Raymond Lockwood, Luke Martin, Cecilia Radclyffe, Ada St. Clair. Produced by Winthrop Ames. Note: Filmed by Famous Players-Lasky Corporation as Prunella (1918). See more »

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Cupid Shoots Marguerite Clark in the Heart
29 April 2010 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

In a Dutch garden house, virginal Marguerite Clark (as Prunella) grows beautiful under the watchful eyes of her three maiden aunts, appropriately named "Prim" (Isabel Berwin), "Prude" (Marcia Harris), and "Privacy" (Nora Cecil). A group of pantomime players happens to pass by Ms. Clark's garden, and she locks loving looks with dashing costumed Jules Raucourt (as Pierrot). Clark joins Mr. Raucourt in wedded bliss, and they become Parisian stage stars. But, Raucourt catches they eyes of another woman, and Clark leaves him. Hopefully, Raucourt will realize the error of his ways, and be reunited with Clark…

Your seeing the hoped-for reunion between Clark and Raucourt may have to wait for eternity, because "Prunella" is either hopelessly lost forever, or in parts unknown. Stills show it to be a fantastical, picturesque, and highly stylized fairy tale.

Reportedly, "Prunella" performed poorly at the box office, but Clark's consistent popularity could call these accounts into question. She was a "Top Ten" star in the "Motion Picture" and "Quigley" annual polls throughout the period in question, 1916-1920 (inclusive). Moreover, decades later, people still raved about Clark's "Prunella" (frequently mentioned alongside the unfortunately lost "Wildflower" as Clark's best). Factor in that Clark's stage version of "Prunella" was an earlier success; and there must have been many who went to see the box office star in one of her most famous roles, again or for the first time.

The film was #3 in "Motion Picture" magazine's annual list, ahead of director Maurice Tourneur's highly regarded "The Blue Bird" (1918). And, this was representative of the high acclaim the "Prunella" production, star Clark, and the director received.

******* Prunella (5/26/18) Maurice Tourneur ~ Marguerite Clark, Jules Raucourt, Henry Leone, Nora Cecil

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2 June 1918 (USA) See more »

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