East Lynne (1931 film)

East Lynne is a 1931 American pre-Code film version of Ellen Wood's eponymous 1861 novel, which was adapted by Tom Barry and Bradley King and directed by Frank Lloyd. The film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture but lost to RKO-Radio's Cimarron. East Lynne is a melodrama starring Ann Harding, Clive Brook, Conrad Nagel and Cecilia Loftus.

East Lynne
Directed byFrank Lloyd
Written byTom Barry
Bradley King
StarringAnn Harding
Conrad Nagel
Clive Brook
Cecilia Loftus
Music byRichard Fall and Carli Elinor
CinematographyJohn F. Seitz
Edited byMargaret Clancey[1]
Distributed byFox Film Corporation
Release date
  • February 20, 1931 (1931-02-20) (New York City)[2]
  • March 31, 1931 (1931-03-31) (U.S.)
Running time
102 minutes, 9,188 ft., or 10 reels[2]
CountryUnited States

Only one copy of the film is known to exist, although, somehow, bootleg DVD copies exist, minus the final scene.[3]This print is in good shape, although several frames have an "X" on them, indicating they were to be removed in the film editing stage. One frame has a "crosshairs" on it while several frames have ink marks. People may view the film at University of California Los Angeles's Instructional Media Lab, Powell Library, after arranging an appointment.

The film is the third adaptation of the book produced by Fox. Previous versions are the 1916 release with Theda Bara and the one in 1922 starring Alma Rubens.[4]


The "trophy" wife of a stodgy man of wealth yearns for a more interesting life. A daughter of a nobleman, Her solution leads to scandal, ruin, and an odd denouement.



The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture in 1931.[6]

Other Filmed Versions Based on the Novel


  1. "Margaret Clancey (1897–1989)". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2015-10-25.
  2. "East Lynne (1931) - Overview". TCM.com. Retrieved 2015-10-25.
  3. The AFI Catalog of Feature Films:..East Lynne
  4. Barefoot, Guy (2016). Gaslight Melodrama: From Victorian London to 1940s Hollywood. London: Bloomsbury Publishing. p. 78. ISBN 9781474290364.
  5. Hall, Mordaunt (21 February 1931). "THE SCREEN; The Soap Bubble Company". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  6. "The 4th Academy Awards (1931) Nominees and Winners". Oscars.org (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences). Archived from the original on May 21, 2019. Retrieved May 21, 2019.

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