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Lorna Doone (1922)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 17 September 1923 (Sweden)
In 17th-century England, an outlaw clan kidnaps a young girl, who grows up among them. The farm boy who met her just before the kidnapping eventually rescues her, and they fall in love.

Director:

Maurice Tourneur

Writers:

R.D. Blackmore (screen version: of famous story), Katherine S. Reed (scenario) (as Katherine Speer Reed) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Madge Bellamy ... Lorna Doone
John Bowers ... John Ridd
Frank Keenan ... Sir Ensor Doone
Jack McDonald Jack McDonald ... 'Counsellor' Doone (as Jack MacDonald)
Donald MacDonald Donald MacDonald ... Carver Doone
Norris Johnson Norris Johnson ... Ruth
Mae Giraci Mae Giraci ... Lorna as a Child (as May Giracci)
Charles Hatton Charles Hatton ... John as a Child
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Lorna is a young noble girl who meets a young farmer boy named John Ridd. They immediately become infatuated with each other, but Lorna is kidnapped by the Doones, a group of bandits, and she is taken back to their village and raised as one of them. She is protected from the others by Sir Ensor Doone, the group's leader, because he has grown attached to her. After many years he becomes very ill and an upstart named Carver decides that he wants Lorna as his wife. Sir Ensor is powerless to protect her, so she must contact John to rescue her. Written by page8701

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The greatest love story ever written

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Release Date:

17 September 1923 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Lovløse Mænd See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2001 alternate)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Following the successful telecasts of Othello (1922) and _'The Eagle (1925)_, New York City's WJZ (Channel 7), began a weekly series of Sunday evening silent film feature presentations, shown more or less in their entirety, which aired intermittently for the next twelve months. This feature was initially broadcast Sunday 2 January 1949, and, like the rest of the series, aired simultaneously on sister stations WFIL (Channel 6) (Philadelphia) and freshly launched WAAM (Channel 13) (Baltimore), an innovation at the time; the following week's selection would be Young April (1926), the final entry in this particular series. See more »

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Version of Lorna Doone (1912) See more »

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Lorna Doone
ballad
Lyrics by Arthur A. Penn, music by Frederick W. Vanderpool, c. 1922
'suggested by Maurice Tourneur's picturization of "Lorna Doone" produced at the studios of Thos. H. Ince Corporation with Madge Bellamy in the role of "Lorna Doone" A First National Attraction'
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Thanks to Jesse Pierce
11 July 2008 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Watching Maurice Tourneur's "Lorna Doone " is very much like visiting an art gallery; it is so filled with gorgeous images, expertly photographed by Henry Sharp. Interestingly, Mr. Tourneur uses the camera to tell a simpler, less stylized story than previously. This time, it's the simple, but everlasting love of soul-mated Madge Bellamy (as Lorna Doone) and John Bowers (as John Ridd).

The intimate-looking location scenes are a highlight: for example, note how Tourneur stages the lovers' introduction, as children, with young Mae Giraci drawn to young Charles Hatton as he is pumping water to wash his hair. (Tourneur directs children and water beautifully, as a rule.) Later, watch for the "farewell" scene after Ms. Bellamy's "true identity" is revealed. Mr. Bowers' body language, even when in the background, is revealing. Also, the "bridge" they have crossed, moves over to the left of the screen, with the carriage door opening, and a hand reaching out to take Bellamy away...

On the downside, the story takes turns, and introduces characters that are difficult to understand. In the early scenes, it appears "Lorna" is abducted by the evil "Doone" family (by the way, both she and "John" appear old enough to know what's going on). Later, that event becomes more complicated. A check with the original novel's plot, and a second viewing, doesn't exactly help.

******** Lorna Doone (1922) Maurice Tourneur ~ John Bowers, Madge Bellamy, Donald MacDonald


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