Common Clay (1930 film)

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Common Clay
Directed by Victor Fleming
Written by Cleves Kinkead (novel)
Jules Furthman
Starring Constance Bennett
Lew Ayres
Distributed by Fox Film Corporation
Release dates
  • August 1, 1930 (1930-08-01)
Running time
89 min
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1.7 million[1][2]

Common Clay is a 1930 American Pre-Code film directed by Victor Fleming and starring Constance Bennett and Lew Ayres, based on the play of the same name by Cleves Kinkead which starred Jane Cowl.[3] The film was about a young servant who is seduced by the master of the house but he won't have anything to do with her other than sex because of her low status. She ultimately falls pregnant with his child which he doesn't want and when she tries to gain recognition for the baby, his family treats her as if she was a common blackmailer.



Common Clay was one of the highest grossing films of 1930 and it made Constance Bennett into a Hollywood star.

A previous version of the play had been filmed before in the silent era in 1919 by director George Fitzmaurice and starring Fannie Ward. It is now lost.


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