The Moonstone (1934 film)

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The Moonstone
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Reginald Barker
Produced by Paul Malvern
Written by Adele Buffington
Based on The Moonstone
by Wilkie Collins
Starring David Manners
Phyllis Barry
Cinematography Robert H. Planck
Edited by Jack Ogilvie
Carl Pierson
Distributed by Monogram Pictures
Release date
  • 1934 (1934)
Running time
62 minutes
46 minutes (DVD)
Country United States
Language English

The Moonstone is a 1934 American mystery film directed by Reginald Barker and starring David Manners, Phyllis Barry, Gustav von Seyffertitz and Jameson Thomas. It is an adaptation of the 1868 novel The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. The film retains the book's British location, but uses a contemporary 1930s setting rather than the Victorian era of the original. It is one of three film versions of the novel, which include silent versions in 1915 and 1909, although a number of television and radio adaptations have been made.

Plot summary[edit]

As with the book, the film is based around the Herncastle Moonstone, a valuable diamond from India.



The film was made by Monogram Studios, one of the smaller Hollywood outfits often known collectively as Poverty Row. The adaptation of a prestigious British Victorian novel marked a break from their usual films which were generally cheaply made American-set Westerns. To fit the story into a limited running time, large amounts of the original novel are dropped from the adaptation.[1]


  1. ^ Reid p.85


  • Reid, John H. B Movies, Bad Movies, Good Movies. Lulu Press, 2004.

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