Peter Vernon's Silence

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Peter Vernon's Silence
Directed by Raymond Longford
Written by Raymond Longford
Lottie Lyell
Cinematography Arthur Higgins
Longford-Lyell Productions
Distributed by Paramount
Release date
12 April 1926
Running time
5,380 feet[1]
Country Australia
Language Silent film
English intertitles
Box office ₤1,114[2]

Peter Vernon's Silence is a 1926 Australian silent film directed by Raymond Longford. It was the last film on which Lottie Lyell worked prior to her death in December 1925.

It is considered a lost film.


Peter Vernon's mother dies and he is adopted by a squatter, Kingston, whose son, Philip, is Peter's age. The two grow up and fall in love with the same girl, Marie (Loretta May). Marie loves Philip but her father forbids the marriage because of his dark reputation and Philip kills the old man in a fit of rage.

Peter tries to take the blame by fleeing from the police and is chased through the Snowy Mountains before being caught. He is sent to gaol, and when he gets out Philip confesses to the murder on his death bed. Peter is reunited with Marie.[3][4]


The film featured location shooting in and around Moss Vale, Mount Kosciuszko, Kiandra, Adaminaby, Leura and the Blue Mountains.[5]


Despite being distributed by Paramount, the film only earned ₤1,114 at the Australian box office of which ₤724 was returned to the producers.[2]


  • Rawdon Blandford as Peter Vernon
  • Walter Hunt as Philip Kingston
  • Loretta May as Marie
  • Rene Sandeman
  • Iris Webster
  • Beryl Gow
  • John Faulkner


  1. ^ "Raymond Longford", Cinema Papers, January 1974 p51
  2. ^ a b "£100,000 SPENT." Advocate (Burnie, Tas) 5 Jan 1928: 6 accessed 6 December 2011
  3. ^ "ENTERTAINMENTS EARL'S COURT.". Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1878 - 1954). Rockhampton, Qld.: National Library of Australia. 27 December 1927. p. 3. Retrieved 11 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Monarch Theatre.". The Muswellbrook Chronicle (NSW : 1898 - 1955). NSW: National Library of Australia. 20 May 1927. p. 1. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  5. ^ ""PETER VERNON'S SILENCE.".". Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1878 - 1954). Rockhampton, Qld.: National Library of Australia. 22 December 1927. p. 3. Retrieved 11 January 2012. 

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