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Escape from Dartmoor (1929)

A Cottage on Dartmoor (original title)
Flashback story of an escape from the lonely, high-security Dartmoor Prison. A jealous barber's assistant is enraged by the attentions that his manicurist girlfriend pays to a customer. He ... See full summary »

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Anthony Asquith

Writers:

Herbert Price (from the story by) (as Herbert C. Price), Anthony Asquith (scenario)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Hans Adalbert Schlettow ... Harry - a Dartmoor Farmer (as Hans Schlettow)
Uno Henning ... Joe - a Barber's Assistant
Norah Baring ... Sally - a Manicurist
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Flashback story of an escape from the lonely, high-security Dartmoor Prison. A jealous barber's assistant is enraged by the attentions that his manicurist girlfriend pays to a customer. He threatens the customer with an open razor and lands in jail.

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Crime | Drama

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UK | Sweden

Release Date:

11 April 1930 (USA) See more »

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Escape from Dartmoor See more »

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Mono (theatre scene) (soundtrack lost)| Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Joe's coworker reaches down to pick up the movie tickets with his right hand, but the close-up shows his left hand grabbing them. See more »

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Featured in Silent Britain (2006) See more »

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Beautifully Realized British Silent
15 January 2007 | by sunlilySee all my reviews

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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