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This article is about the silent film. For the song, see Lonesome (song). For the feeling, see Loneliness.
Lonesome poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Paul Fejös
Produced by Carl Laemmle
Carl Laemmle, Jr.
Oskar Schubert-Stevens
Story by Mann Page
Starring Barbara Kent
Glenn Tryon
Fay Holderness
Cinematography Gilbert Warrenton
Edited by Frank Atkinson
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
June 20, 1928 (silent version)
Sept 30, 1928 (sound version)
Running time
69 min (silent version)
75 min (sound version)
Country United States
Language English

Lonesome is a 1928 Part-talkie film by Hungarian-born American director Paul Fejös. It was produced and distributed by Universal Pictures. In 2010, it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".[1] The film was released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on August 28, 2012 as part of The Criterion Collection.[2]

It was remade in 1935 as a comedy called The Affair of Susan.


In New York, Mary is a telephone operator who lives alone and is lonely. Jim is a factory worker who lives alone and is lonely. Each decides to go to the beach (presumably Coney Island) and both are captivated with each other, eventually realizing, moreover, that they really do like each other. Having gone from loneliness to finding love, enjoying the company of each other and having fun, they are – due to exigent circumstances and hundreds of visitors to the beach that day – both separated from the other. Only knowing each other's first name, and having only a small photo of each other, Jim and Mary are desperate to find each other. Will these two lonesome individuals who have discovered their love for each other...lose it all that same day?



Lonesome was one of the first motion pictures to have sound and a couple of talking scenes. It was released in both silent and mono versions.[3] Original existing prints of the film also have some scenes colored with stencils.


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