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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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Frank Lloyd
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1931 (USA) See more »

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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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Version of East Lynne (1925) See more »

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Powerful Melodrama
25 July 2007 | by MaleejandraSee all my reviews

Ann Harding stars as Isabella, a beautiful bride to the wealthy and stubborn Robert Carlyle (Conrad Nagel). Their marriage seems ideal and destined for unending happiness, but Robert's strange relationship with his family leaves Isabella powerless in her own home. She is not even able to raise her own son (Wally Albright) the way she wants to. The only happiness she is afforded is when she is given permission to go to parties with her husband. Then she comes alive again, just as she did when she was young. Unfortunately, her spirit attracts other men, and Robert accuses Isabella of infidelity. She is innocent, but is banished from her home and driven away from her son. Depressed and alone, she becomes the mistress to the man that caused her misfortune.

It is a shame that part of this film is lost, because it is beautifully done. Every moment is filled with emotion. Harding is a wonderful actress who is not given enough credit today, but she always gives all of herself to her roles. This is no exception. It is heartbreaking to see her torn from her son, and wonderful to see them reunited, if only for a few moments.

Even in its truncated form, it would be wonderful to see this film released.


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