Svengali (1931 film)
|Directed by||Archie Mayo|
|Written by||J. Grubb Alexander|
by George du Maurier
|Music by||David Mendoza|
|Edited by||William Holmes|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
Svengali is a 1931 American pre-Code supernatural drama/horror film produced and distributed by Warner Bros. The film stars John Barrymore and co-stars Marian Marsh. It was directed by Archie Mayo and the screenplay was written by J. Grubb Alexander. It is based on the gothic horror novel Trilby (1894) by George du Maurier. The film was originally released on May 22, 1931. Warner Brothers was so pleased by the box office on this film that the studio hurriedly reteamed Barrymore and Marsh for another horror film The Mad Genius, released on November 7, 1931. The region 1 DVD of Svengali was released on October 17, 2000 by the Roan Group.
- John Barrymore as Svengali
- Marian Marsh as Trilby O'Farrell
- Donald Crisp as The Laird
- Bramwell Fletcher as Billee
- Carmel Myers as Madame Honori
- Luis Alberni as Gecko
- Lumsden Hare as Monsieur Taffy
- Paul Porcasi as Bonelli
- Henry Otto as Man (uncredited)
Awards and honors
According to Warner Bros the film earned $359,000 domestically and $139,000 foreign.
The film survives complete. It was transferred onto 16mm film by Associated Artists Productions in the 1950s and shown on television. This film and The Kennel Murder Case were the two Warner Brothers films that lapsed into the public domain and have been available freely for decades.
- Warner Bros financial information in The William Shaefer Ledger. See Appendix 1, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, (1995) 15:sup1, 1-31 p 11 DOI: 10.1080/01439689508604551
- "NY Times: Svengali". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-12-07.
- "Media History Digital Library : Free Texts : Free Download, Borrow and Streaming : Internet Archive". archive.org.
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