Jane Eyre (1934 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Christy Cabanne|
|Produced by||Ben Verschleiser|
|Written by||Adele Comandini|
|Based on||Jane Eyre
by Charlotte Brontë
|Cinematography||Robert H. Planck
(as Robert Planck)
|Edited by||Carl Pierson|
Jane Eyre is a 1934 American romantic drama film directed by Christy Cabanne, starring Virginia Bruce and Colin Clive. It is based on the 1847 novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, and is the first adaptation to use sound.
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Differences from novel
- Only two Reed children appear.
- Lowood School/Institution is instead Lowood Orphanage For Girls.
- Julia Severn does not appear in this version. Instead Miss Temple cuts Jane's hair as soon as Jane arrives at Lowood.
- Helen Burns does not appear.
- Jane is dismissed as teacher from Lowood for interfering when Mr. Brocklehurst is disciplining a girl for making a caricature of him. Ms. Temple expresses her concerns but Jane comforts her saying she'll manage because of a small inheritance her uncle left her.
- Jane meets Mr. Rochester, and scares his horse, for the first time before arriving at Thornfield Hall.
- Adele's surname is Rochester, and Mrs. Fairfax says Mr. Rochester is her uncle. No reference to a past in France or the name Varens is given.
- The death of Mrs. Reed is cut, so Jane does not return to Gateshead Hall.
- Mr. Rochester and his guests at Thornfield Hall do not play charades and Mr. Rochester does not disguise himself as a Gypsy woman.
- When Mr. Rochester returns from a trip to London, he gives Adele a puppy dog and Jane a book with the Sonnets of Shakespeare. Adele calls the dog Friday "because he's black, and that's the day uncle Edward came home."
- Rochester says the marriage to Bertha Mason has been annulled.
- When Jane leaves Thornfield Hall, Rochester takes off after her by horse. He does not find her and when he returns to Thornfield Hall the building is on fire.
- Jane does not work as a teacher but serves soup to poor people in a mission. It is not revealed how she came to that position.
- Jane's relationship to John Rivers is comprised to a single scene where he asks her if she has definitely decided to go to India with him. She has, but when he asks her to become his wife she wants to think it over. She composes a note "Tomorrow I marry John Rivers. Then — India, to work — and forget. Forgive me, Edward. I love you, and always will."
- When serving soup she recognizes Sam Poole who reveals what happened at Thornfield after Jane left.
- Mary and Diana do not appear and Jane's kinship to them and John Rivers is not revealed.
- Rosamond Oliver does not appear.
- Jane does not inherit a fortune.
- Virginia Bruce as Jane Eyre
- Colin Clive as Edward Rochester
- Beryl Mercer as Mrs. Fairfax
- David Torrence as Mr. Brocklehurst
- Aileen Pringle as Lady Blanche Ingram
- Edith Fellows as Adele Rochester
- John Rogers as Sam Poole
- Jean Darling as Jane Eyre as a Child
- Lionel Belmore as Lord Ingram
- Jameson Thomas as Charles Craig
- Ethel Griffies as Grace Poole
- Claire Du Brey as Bertha Rochester
- William Burress as Minister
- Joan Standing as Daisy
- Richard Quine as John Reed
- Gretta Gould as Miss Temple (uncredited)
- Anne Howard as Georgianna Reed (uncredited)
- Olaf Hytten as Jeweler (uncredited)
- Gail Kaye as Mary Lane (uncredited)
- Edith Kingston as Lady Ingram (uncredited)
- Desmond Roberts as Dr. John Rivers (uncredited)
- Clarissa Selwynne as Mrs. Reed (uncredited)
- Hylda Tyson as Bessie (uncredited)
- William Wagner as Halliburton (uncredited)
Production began 17 May 1934 at General Service Studios.
- Adele sings the "Bridal Chorus" from the opera Lohengrin, by Richard Wagner.
- Adele sings "My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean".
Critic Leonard Maltin gave the film 2 stars (out of four), describing it as a "[t]hin version of the oft-filmed Bronte novel, produced by Monogram, of all studios[...] Still, it's not uninteresting as a curio." 
- Jane Eyre at the Internet Movie Database
- Jane Eyre is available for free download at the Internet Archive
- Jane Eyre at AllMovie
- Jane Eyre at the TCM Movie Database
- Review at JaneEyre.net