Nell Gwyn (1926 film)

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Nell Gwyn
"Nell Gwyn" (1926).jpeg
Directed by Herbert Wilcox
Produced by Herbert Wilcox
Written by Marjorie Bowen (novel)
Herbert Wilcox
Starring Dorothy Gish
Randle Ayrton
Juliette Compton
Sydney Fairbrother
Cinematography Roy F. Overbaugh
Edited by William Hamilton
British National Pictures
Distributed by First National Film Distributors
Paramount Pictures (US)
Release date
18 July 1926 (US)
Running time
80 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Nell Gwyn is a 1926 British romance film directed by Herbert Wilcox and starring Dorothy Gish, Randle Ayrton and Juliette Compton.[1] It was based on the 1926 novel Mistress Nell Gwyn by Marjorie Bowen[2] and follows the life of Nell Gwynne the mistress of Charles II. Wilcox later made a second version of the film in 1934 Nell Gwynn which starred Anna Neagle.[3]


Critical reception[edit]

The New York Times wrote, "Whatever may be the shortcomings of English motion picture producers. If they can put together other pictures as simply and with as much dramatic effect as this story of Nell Gwyn they should have no difficulty obtaining a showing for them anywhere. The story moves quickly and surely, with nothing to strain one's credulity, and the acting of Miss Gish and Randie Ayrton, who takes the part of Charles, is excellent. So is that of Juliette Compton as Lady Castlemaine. The immorality of the period is suggested without being offensive, and for the second time this Summer a good picture has not been spoiled by prudery. The titles are unusually good and frequently amusing, that dear old gossip Pepys being resorted to for purposes of verisimilitude." [4]


  1. ^ "Nell Gwyn A Character Study (1925)". BFI. 
  2. ^ Nell Gwyn: A Decoration, by Marjorie Bowen, Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1926. This book was not written under the pen name, Joseph Shearing
  3. ^ "Nell Gwyn (1926) - Herbert Wilcox - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related - AllMovie". AllMovie. 
  4. ^


  • Street, Sarah. Transatlantic crossings: British feature films in the United States. Continuum International Publishing, 2002.

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