East Lynne (1931 film)

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East Lynne
1931 film
Directed byFrank Lloyd
Written byTom Barry
Bradley King
StarringAnn Harding
Conrad Nagel
Clive Brook
Cecilia Loftus
Music byRichard Fall and Carli Elinor
CinematographyJohn F. Seitz
Edited byMargaret Clancey [1]
Distributed byFox 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]
CountryUnited States

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.

The film is the third adaptation of the book produced by Fox; previous versions were one in 1916 with Theda Bara, and another in 1922 starring Alma Rubens.[4]

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)[11]


  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. ^ Barefoot, Guy (2016). Gaslight Melodrama: From Victorian London to 1940s Hollywood. London: Bloomsbury Publishing. p. 78. ISBN 9781474290364.
  5. ^ a b c d e f Hall, Mordaunt (21 February 1931). "THE SCREEN; The Soap Bubble Company". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  6. ^ Flora Sheffield at iMDB
  7. ^ J. Gunnis Davis at iMDB
  8. ^ Eric Mayne at iMDB
  9. ^ Ronnie Cosby at iMDB
  10. ^ Wallie Albright at iMDB
  11. ^ "The 4th Academy Awards (1931) Nominees and Winners". Oscars.org (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences). Archived from the original on May 21, 2019. Retrieved May 21, 2019.

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