Vanity (1935 film)

Vanity is a 1935 British comedy film directed by Adrian Brunel and starring Jane Cain, Percy Marmont and John Counsell. The plot concerns a conceited actress, convinced of the general adoration in which she is held, faking her own death in order to gratify herself by observing the depth of grief caused by her demise. However the actual reactions to the "news" prove to be far from what she had expected.

Directed byAdrian Brunel
Produced byGeorge Smith
Written byErnest Denny (play)
Adrian Brunel
StarringJane Cain
Percy Marmont
CinematographyGeoffrey Faithfull
George Smith Productions
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
December 1935
Running time
76 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Partial cast


The film was a quota quickie production, made at Nettlefold Studios in Walton-on-Thames for distribution by Columbia Pictures. It was based on a play by Ernest Denny. It is now considered to be a lost film.

The film is the only known screen credit of Cain, who went on to achieve a degree of immortality in British culture after being chosen as "the girl with the golden voice", becoming the original voice of the speaking clock in the United Kingdom between 1936 and 1963.


  • Low, Rachael. History of the British Film: Filmmaking in 1930s Britain. George Allen & Unwin, 1985 .
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