East Lynne (1931 film)

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East Lynne
1931 film
Directed by Frank Lloyd
Written by Tom Barry
Bradley King
Starring Ann Harding
Conrad Nagel
Clive Brook
Cecilia Loftus
Music by Richard Fall and Carli Elinor
Cinematography John F. Seitz
Edited by Margaret Clancey [1]
Distributed by Fox Film Corporation
Release date
  • February 20, 1931 (1931-02-20) (New York City)[2]
  • March 31, 1931 (1931-03-31) (U.S.)
Running time
102 minutes, 9,188 ft., or 10 reels [2]
Country United States
Language English

East Lynne is a 1931 American Pre-Code film version of Ellen Wood's eponymous 1861 novel, which was adapted by Tom Barry and Bradley King and directed by Frank Lloyd. The film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture but lost to RKO-Radio's Cimarron. East Lynne is a melodrama starring Ann Harding, Clive Brook, Conrad Nagel and Cecilia Loftus. Only one copy of the film is known to exist, although, somehow, bootleg DVD copies exist, minus the final scene.[3]

This print is in good shape, although several frames have an "X" on them, indicating they were to be removed in the film editing stage. One frame has a "crosshairs" on it while several frames have ink marks. People may view the film at University of California Los Angeles's Instructional Media Lab, Powell Library, after arranging an appointment.

Clive Brook and Ann Harding in a scene from the film.


The trophy wife of a stodgy man of wealth yearns for a more interesting life.



Academy Award for Best Picture (nominated)


  1. ^ "Margaret Clancey (1897–1989)". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2015-10-25.
  2. ^ a b "East Lynne (1931) - Overview". TCM.com. Retrieved 2015-10-25.
  3. ^ The AFI Catalog of Feature Films:..East Lynne
  4. ^ Flora Sheffield at iMDB
  5. ^ J. Gunnis Davis at iMDB
  6. ^ Eric Mayne at iMDB
  7. ^ Ronnie Cosby at iMDB
  8. ^ Wallie Albright at iMDB

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