The Wishing Ring: An Idyll of Old England

The Wishing Ring: An Idyll of Old England is a 1914 American silent comedy-drama film directed by Maurice Tourneur and starring Vivian Martin. Based on the 1910 play of the same name by Owen Davis that ran on Broadway starring Marguerite Clark,[1][2] the film was shot in Fort Lee, New Jersey by the World Film Corporation.[3]

The Wishing Ring: An Idyll of Old England
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Directed byMaurice Tourneur
Produced byWilliam A. Brady
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Written byMaurice Tourneur (scenario)
Based onThe Wishing Ring
by Owen Davis
StarringVivian Martin
CinematographyJohn van den Broek
Distributed byWorld Film Company
Release date
  • November 9, 1914 (1914-11-09)
Running time
54 minutes
CountryUnited States
English intertitles

The film was thought to have been lost but a 16mm print of the film was rediscovered by film historian Kevin Brownlow in England.[4] In 2012, it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".[5]



  1. The Wishing Ring at database
  2. Soister, John T. (2012). American Silent Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Feature Films, 1913-1929. McFarland. p. 329. ISBN 0-786-48790-9.
  3. Fort Lee: Birthplace of the Motion Picture Industry. Arcadia Publishing. 2006. p. 78. ISBN 0-738-54501-5.
  4. "2012 National Film Registry". Retrieved May 23, 2013.
  5. King, Susan (December 19, 2012). "National Film Registry selects 25 films for preservation". Los Angeles Times.

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