The Moonstone (1934 film)
|Directed by||Reginald Barker|
|Produced by||Paul Malvern|
|Written by||Adele Buffington|
|Based on||The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins|
|Cinematography||Robert H. Planck|
|Edited by||Jack Ogilvie
|Distributed by||Monogram Pictures|
46 minutes (DVD)
The Moonstone is a 1934 American mystery film directed by Reginald Barker and starring David Manners, Phyllis Barry, Gustav von Seyffertitz and Jameson Thomas. It is an adaptation of the 1868 novel The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. The film retains the book's British location, but uses a contemporary 1930s setting rather than the Victorian era of the original. It is one of three film versions of the novel, which include silent versions in 1915 and 1909, although a number of television and radio adaptations have been made.
The film was made by Monogram Studios, one of the smaller Hollywood outfits often known collectively as Poverty Row. The adaptation of a prestigious British Victorian novel marked a break from their usual films which were generally cheaply made American-set Westerns. To fit the story into a limited running time, large amounts of the original novel are dropped from the adaptation.
As with the book, the film is based around the Herncastle Moonstone, a valuable diamond from India.
- David Manners as Franklyn Blake
- Phyllis Barry as Ann Verinder (misspelled Anne in opening credits)
- Gustav von Seyffertitz as Carl Von Lucker
- Jameson Thomas as Godfrey Ablewhite
- Herbert Bunston as Sir John Verinder
- Charles Irwin as Inspector Cuff
- Elspeth Dudgeon as Betteredge, Housekeeper
- John Davidson as Yandoo
- Claude King as Sir Basil Wynard
- Olaf Hytten as Dr. Ezra Jennings
- Evalyn Bostock as Roseanna Spearman, Maid
- Fred Walton as Henry the Butler
- John Power as The Driver
- Harold Entwistle as Sutter
- A.C. Henderson as Robbin
- Reid p.85
- Reid, John H. B Movies, Bad Movies, Good Movies. Lulu Press, 2004.
- The Moonstone at the Internet Movie Database
- The Moonstone is available for free download at the Internet Archive
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