The Manxman (1916 film)

The Manxman (also known as The Manx-Man) is a 1916 British silent drama film directed by George Loane Tucker and starring Henry Ainley, Adeline Hayden Coffin and Will Corrie. It is based on the novel the 1894 novel of the same name by Hall Caine.[1] A second silent adaptation, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, was released in 1929.[2]

The Manxman
U.S. theatrical release poster
Directed byGeorge Loane Tucker
Written byKenelm Foss
Based onThe Manxman
by Hall Caine
StarringHenry Ainley
Adeline Hayden Coffin
Will Corrie
Distributed byJury Films
Goldwyn Pictures
Release date
  • December 1916
    (United Kingdom)
  • 19 August 1917 (1917-08-19) (United States)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageSilent film with English intertitles

Upon its release in England in December 1916, The Manxman was a financial and critical success. It was one of relatively few British films to also become a hit in the United States.[3][4] No copies of the film are known to exist, and The Manxman nitrate was destroyed by a fire in the 1965 MGM vault fire.[5]


Production notes

Produced by the London Film Company, The Manxman was filmed on location on the Isle of Man.[4]


  1. Goble, Alan, ed. (1999). The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film. Walter de Gruyter. p. 67. ISBN 3-110-95194-0.
  2. Strauss, Marc Raymond (2004). Alfred Hitchcock's Silent Films. McFarland. p. 195. ISBN 0-786-41901-6.
  3. National Board of Review (1951). "Book Reviews". Films in Review. National Board of Review of Motion Pictures. 2: 55. ISSN 0015-1688.
  4. Allen, Vivien (1997). Hall Caine: Portrait of a Victorian Romancer. A & C Black. p. 363. ISBN 1-850-75809-3.
  5. Palmer, R. Barton (2011). Palmer, R. Barton; Boyd, David (eds.). Hitchcock at the Source: The Auteur as Adapter. SUNY Press. p. 62. ISBN 1-438-43750-1.

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