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An actress becomes the king's mistress and persuades him to convert the palace to a serviceman's home.


Herbert Wilcox


J.W. McConaughty (titles) (as J.W. McConaughy), Joseph Shearing (novel) (as Marjorie Bowen) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dorothy Gish ... Nell Gwyn
Randle Ayrton Randle Ayrton ... Charles II
Juliette Compton ... Lady Castlemaine
Sydney Fairbrother Sydney Fairbrother ... Mrs. Gwyn
Donald Macardle Donald Macardle ... Duke of Monmouth
Johnny Butt Johnny Butt ... Samuel Pepys
Gibb McLaughlin ... Duke of York
Judd Green Judd Green ... Toby Clinker
Edward Sorley Edward Sorley ... Dickon
Forrester Harvey ... Charles Hart
Fred Rains Fred Rains ... Earl of Shaftesbury
Rolf Leslie Rolf Leslie ... Evelyn
Aubrey Fitzgerald Aubrey Fitzgerald ... Tom Killigrew
Tom Coventry Tom Coventry ... Innkeeper
Booth Conway Booth Conway ... Messenger


An actress becomes the king's mistress and persuades him to convert the palace to a serviceman's home.

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Release Date:

3 January 1927 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Favorita de Carlos III See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Remade as Nell Gwyn (1934) See more »

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Of Character and Cleavage
10 July 2008 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

"A Character Study" of a lowly orange-selling Englishwoman, who uses her cleavage and humor to captivate the King of England. Director Herbert Wilcox would remake the story, more successfully, as an Anna Neagle talking picture. This production catches Dorothy Gish (as Nell Gwyn) nearing the end of her successful career as a major silent star, unfortunately; her comic sex appeal is prominently displayed.

Ms. Gish and others are directed to cavort and/or emote excessively. After Gish moves into the castle, as King Randle Ayrton (as Charles)'s mistress, she uses her "power" to do good deeds (presumably, showing the "character" promised earlier). A relatively good scene features Gish and low-cut dress rival Juliette Compton (as Castlemaine) fuming over the King.

The ending suggests this "Nell Gwyn" might have been intended as a love story. Earlier, "Nell" states she loves the King, and a sexual relationship is certainly presumed; however, the two never appear to be "in love". More importantly, what happened to "Nell", and her career as an actress, after the end of the movie? In the end, she seems only to have been important as a King's play-thing.

*** Nell Gwyn (7/18/26) Herbert Wilcox ~ Dorothy Gish, Randle Ayrton, Juliette Compton

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