Lorna Doone (1934 film)

Lorna Doone is a 1934 British historical drama film directed by Basil Dean and starring Victoria Hopper, John Loder and Margaret Lockwood.[1] It is based on the novel Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore. This was the third screen version of the novel, and the first with sound; a further cinema adaptation followed in 1951.[2]

Lorna Doone
Directed byBasil Dean
Produced byBasil Dean
Written byR.D. Blackmore (novel)
Dorothy Farnum
Miles Malleson
Gordon Wellesley
StarringVictoria Hopper
John Loder
Margaret Lockwood
Roy Emerton
Music byErnest Irving
Armstrong Gibbs
CinematographyRobert Martin
Edited byJack Kitchin
Distributed byABFD
Release date
19 December 1934
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

It was shot partly on location in Somerset.[3] The film's sets were designed by the art director Edward Carrick.


Critical reception

In a contributor to The New York Times commented that it is "has scored no more of a success on its London showing than did The Dictator. Cynics say that the choice of subject and scenario is not all the battle, and that until British producers realize that in the making of pictures the chief essential is not to be dull, Elstree will trail a long, long way behind Hollywood in the best selling markets of the word".[4] The Radio Times noted "Margaret Lockwood, in her screen debut, is a ravishing beauty. The story still holds water, even if the acting and the techniques of 1934 may leak a bit".[5]



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