Under the Greenwood Tree (1929 film)

Under the Greenwood Tree is a 1929 British historical drama film directed by Harry Lachman and starring Marguerite Allan, Nigel Barrie and Wilfred Shine. It is an adaptation of the novel Under the Greenwood Tree by Thomas Hardy.

Under the Greenwood Tree
Directed byHarry Lachman
Written byMonckton Hoffe
Harry Lachman
Frank Launder
Rex Taylor
Based onthe novel Under the Greenwood Tree by Thomas Hardy
StarringMarguerite Allan
Nigel Barrie
Wilfred Shine
Music byHubert Bath
John Reynders
CinematographyClaude Friese-Greene
Edited byEmile de Ruelle
Distributed byWardour Films
Release date
5 September 1929
Running time
100 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Production and release

The film's sets were designed by Wilfred Arnold. It was made at Elstree Studios by the leading British company of the era British International Pictures.[1] Originally intended as a silent film, but following the arrival of sound it had songs and dialogue added using the RCA system. It was released in September 1929 around the same time as The American Prisoner, both films following on from the company's first sound release, Alfred Hitchcock's Blackmail, in June.[2]

A review in Close Up suggested it "has perhaps the best direction yet produced from a British studio".[3]



  1. Wood p.67
  2. Low p.205
  3. Low p.193


  • Low, Rachael. History of the British Film, 1918–1929. George Allen & Unwin, 1971.
  • Wood, Linda. British Films, 1927-1939. British Film Institute, 1986.

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