East Meets West (1936 film)

East Meets West is a 1936 British drama film directed by Herbert Mason and starring George Arliss, Lucie Mannheim, Godfrey Tearle and John Laurie. It was made at the Lime Grove Studios in London.[1] The film's art direction was by Oscar Friedrich Werndorff.

East Meets West
Directed byHerbert Mason
Maude T. Howell (asst.)
Produced byHaworth Bromley
Written by Edwin Greenwood
Maude T. Howell
StarringGeorge Arliss
Lucie Mannheim
Godfrey Tearle
Romney Brent
Music byLouis Levy
CinematographyBernard Knowles
Edited byCharles Frend
Distributed byGaumont British Distributors
Release date
  • 26 August 1936 (1936-08-26) (London)
  • 16 October 1936 (1936-10-16) (USA)
Running time
74 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


A small Middle Eastern state is coveted by the major powers for strategic reasons.[2]



Writing for The Spectator in 1936, Graham Greene gave the film a very poor review, succinctly warning readers "to avoid [it] like the plague".[3]


  1. Wood p.89
  2. http://ftvdb.bfi.org.uk/sift/title/32060
  3. Greene, Graham (18 September 1936). "The Great Ziegfeld/It's Love Again/Marchand d'Amour/East Meets West". The Spectator. (reprinted in: Taylor, John Russell, ed. (1980). The Pleasure Dome. p. 101. ISBN 0192812866.)


  • Low, Rachael. Filmmaking in 1930s Britain. George Allen & Unwin, 1985.
  • Wood, Linda. British Films, 1927-1939. British Film Institute, 1986.

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