Lorna Doone (1922 film)

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Lorna Doone
Lorna Doone Poster.jpg
Directed by Maurice Tourneur
Written by Katherine S. Reed
Cecil G. Mumford
Maurice Tourneur
Wyndham Gittens
Based on Lorna Doone
by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Produced byMaurice Tourneur
Thomas H. Ince
Starring Madge Bellamy
John Bowers
Frank Keenan
Jack McDonald
Cinematography Henry Sharp
Music by Mari Iijima (2001 remaster)
Distributed by Associated First National Pictures
Release dates
  • October 1, 1922 (1922-10-01)(Cleveland)
  • December 3, 1922 (1922-12-03)(New York City)
Running time
7 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Lorna Doone is a 1922 American silent drama film based upon Richard Doddridge Blackmore's 1869 novel of the same name. [1] Directed by French director Maurice Tourneur in the United States, the film starred Madge Bellamy and John Bowers. [2]


This is one of many film adaptations of the novel. It was filmed twice before in 1912 in England for Clarendon, and in 1915 for the American Biograph Company. [3] Other later adaptations include 1934 and 1951 films, and 1990 and 2001 television movies.



In 2001 a digital restoration of the film was financed by Georgia cinephile Jesse Sharp and released on DVD by Kino International. Japanese singer/songwriter Mari Iijima composed an all-new musical score for the film. [4]

Critical reception

In a contemporary review, Variety wrote, "Madge Bellamy has just the right wistful quality of beauty for Lorna...the histrionic honors, however, go to that best of character portrait makers, Frank Keenan, as Sir Ensor Doone...The scenic features of the picture have been splendidly managed. The stagecoach inn might have been lifted from an authentic print of the times. The spirited passage of the coach robbery on the seashore is a smashing bit of pictorial emphasis and the action in the robber's village is scenically impressive." [5]

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