Comin' Thro the Rye (film)

Comin' Thro the Rye is a 1923 British silent drama film directed by Cecil Hepworth and starring Alma Taylor and Ralph Forbes. The film was based on the novel of the same name by Helen Mathers. The title alludes to the Robert Burns poem "Comin' Through the Rye".

Comin' Thro the Rye
Directed byCecil Hepworth
Produced byHepworth Picture Plays
Written byHelen Mathers (novel)
Blanche McIntosh
StarringAlma Taylor
Ralph Forbes
CinematographyGeoffrey Faithfull
Release date
Running time
115.0 mins
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageSilent film
English intertitles

A clip of it is seen in the comedy The Smallest Show on Earth (1957), in which the elderly staff of the old fleapit cinema tearfully watch silent films on their evenings off.[1]


The story of a young girl who is prevented from marrying the man she loves by the machinations of a designing woman. The plot centres on the heroine, Helen Adair, who is courted by George Tempest but who meets and falls in love with Paul Vasher. Vasher's former love Sylvia Fleming who has betrayed him, is jealous of his affections for Helen and manages by intercepting mail between the lovers to plot to win him back.

While Vasher is abroad she places a false announcement of the marriage of Helen and George in the Times and in his despair at this news he agrees to marry her. Sylvia is trapped in a loveless marriage, Helen retains her virtue, Vasher never forgets his love for Helen and in a final letter from the battlefield writes to his true love telling her he will meet her 'Comin' through the rye'.



  1. "Film & TV Locations - 'Came The Dawn'". Retrieved 28 August 2018.

Further reading

  • Raising the Flag: Constructing a National Cinema in Britain, Andrew Higson. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1995, ISBN 0-19-812369-8. Chapter on Comin' Thro the Rye: pp. 26–97.
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