Old English (film)
|Directed by||Alfred E. Green|
|Written by||Walter Anthony
Maude T. Howell
|Based on||based on the play by John Galsworthy|
|Music by||Erno Rapee
|Cinematography||James Van Trees|
|Edited by||Owen Marks|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
Old English is a 1930 American all-talking drama film directed by Alfred E. Green and produced by Warner Bros.. The film is based on the 1924 Broadway play of the same name by John Galsworthy. The film stars George Arliss, Leon Janney, Betty Lawford and Doris Lloyd.
George Arliss plays the part of an old ship owner who finds himself on the verge of bankruptcy. He worries about his grandchildren, who are currently being taken care of by the miserly Doris Lloyd, the widowed wife of his son. Doris Lloyd asks Arliss for money, but Arliss suspecting that she will use the money on herself, refuses. Although Arliss is being hounded by creditors, he manages to get a loan using some shady dealings for which he may be prosecuted. Arliss wants to use this money for an investment which will provide an independent allowance for his beloved grandchildren, played by Leon Janney and Betty Lawford, that can not be touched by the greedy Lloyd. Although he manages to arrange everything so that he could die in peace, he is found out and threatened with exposure. In the end, Arliss manages to escape punishment for his underhanded scheme.
- George Arliss - Heythorp
- Leon Janney - Jock
- Betty Lawford - Phyllis
- Doris Lloyd - Mrs. Larne
- Harrington Reynolds - Gilbert Farney
- Reginald Sheffield - Bob Pillin
- Murray Kinnell - Charles Ventnor
- Ivan F. Simpson - Joe Pillin
- Ethel Griffies - Adela Heythorp
- Joan McLain - Molly
- Henry Morell - Meller
The film survives complete and has been released by the Warner Archive on DVD.