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East Lynne (1931)

The refined Lady Isabel Carlisle, after leaving her family and enduring nearly a decade of hardships, learns that her son has fallen ill. Despite being nearly blinded as the result of an explosion, she returns home to see her son again.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ann Harding ... Lady Isabella
Clive Brook ... Capt. William Levison
Conrad Nagel ... Robert Carlyle
Cecilia Loftus ... Cornelia Carlyle
Beryl Mercer ... Joyce
O.P. Heggie ... Lord Mount Severn
Flora Sheffield Flora Sheffield ... Barbara Hare
David Torrence ... Sir Richard Hare
Wally Albright ... William as a Boy
Ronnie Cosby ... William as a Child
Eric Mayne ... Doctor
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The refined Lady Isabel Carlisle, after leaving her family and enduring nearly a decade of hardships, learns that her son has fallen ill. Despite being nearly blinded as the result of an explosion, she returns home to see her son again.

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TEMPTED by a man more charming than sincere. Offered escape from the dull duties on an unromantic marriage. Promised the carefree gayety of Paris and Vienna, instead of the dreary drabness she could not endure. Who could condemn her if she yielded? (Print Ad- New York Sun, ((New York NY)) 18 February 1931)

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vidas truncadas See more »

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Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Mono

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1.20 : 1
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Received only one Oscar nomination, which was for Best Picture. See more »

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Capt. William Levison: The most pathertic figure in life: the man who chooses a career over the woman he loves.
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Just for the record...
8 February 2006 | by leebrandon-cartwrightSee all my reviews

there is a slight inaccuracy in the previous review. In Ellen Wood's original book 'East Lynne', the town is called West Lynne and the Estate nearby where (Archibald) Carlyle and Lady Isabel live is the East Lynne of the title.

Being one of the majority who haven't seen the film, I obviously cannot comment...however, the British Broadcasting Corporation dramatised the book in the early 1980's after British Independent Television had also screened a dramatisation in the mid 1970's. Interestingly, the role of Cornelia Carlyle was played in both versions by the excellent comic actress Annette Crosby - latterly most famous for her role as the long-suffering wife of Victor (I don't believe it !) Meldrew in the sit-com 'One Foot in the Grave'.

The BBC also aired a radio adaptation of East Lynne in the mid 1980's and the work continues to be popular in academic circles as one of the definitive works of Victorian 'sensational' fiction. This is a shame, because it remains a jolly good read and deserving of a wider readership.


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