East Lynne (1922 film)

East Lynne is a 1922 Australian silent film directed by actor and exhibitor Charles Hardy. It was a modern-day adaptation of the famous 1861 novel which had been filmed many times in England and the USA.[1]

East Lynne
Directed byCharles Hardy
Produced byCharles Hardy
Based onnovel by Mrs Henry Wood
StarringEthel Jerdan
Don McAlpine
Release date
18 November 1922
Running time
six reels
LanguageSilent film
English intertitles

It is considered a lost film.


Married Isobel Vane is told by Sir Francis Levison that her husband Richard has been unfaithful. Levison seduces Isobel, but then abandons her. Isobel returns home after years away only to find out that Richard had assumed she was dead and has remarried. She pretends to be a nurse and saves the life of one of her own children. She falls ill, is recognised by Richard, but dies.


  • Ethel Jerdan
  • Don McAlpine as Archibald Carlyle
  • Hazel Stewart as Lady Isobel


Charles Hardy had worked in Australian films as an exhibitor and actor. The film was shot on location in Vaucluse, Sydney and in a studio at the Sydney Showground in early 1922.[2]


The film previewed in May but was not released until several months later.[1] It was a big failure at the box-office.[2] Hardy went on to work for Selznick Pictures as their Australian manager.


  1. "EAST LYNNE". The Sydney Morning Herald. National Library of Australia. 2 May 1922. p. 10. Retrieved 29 July 2012.
  2. Andrew Pike and Ross Cooper, Australian Film 1900–1977: A Guide to Feature Film Production, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1998, 113.

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