Lummox (film)

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Directed by Herbert Brenon
Ray Lissner (assistant)
Produced by Joseph M. Schenck
Written by Fannie Hurst (novel, dialogue)
Elizabeth Meehan (adaptation)
Starring Winifred Westover
Music byJack Danielson
Hugo Riesenfeld
Cinematography Karl Struss
Edited by Marie Halvey
Feature Productions
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
January 18, 1930
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish intertitles

Lummox is a 1930 American pre-Code sound film directed by Herbert Brenon and starring Winifred Westover. It was released through United Artists, and based on a 1923 novel by Fannie Hurst. [1] [2]


Sound engineer Ed Bernds did not have fond memories of Brenon. "So many of the silent film directors were phonies. I didn't think highly of Herbert Brenon, for instance. He was the old, imperious type of director. Lordly, demanding. There was a scene in Lummox, where Winifred Westover was supposed to be betrayed by Ben Lyon, who has gotten her pregnant. He throws some money down and she takes the money and tears it up with her teeth. Well, Brenon demanded real money! And several takes. The poor propman was going around borrowing money from the crew. It was the Imperial syndrome of silent film directors." [3]


Preservation status

Per IMDB, the film survives at the British Film Institute, and the soundtrack discs are preserved at the UCLA Film and Television Archive. The film had a Movietone soundtrack, however, discs were prepared for theaters not yet wired for sound-on-film.

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  1. The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1921-30 by The American Film Institute, c.1971
  2. The AFI Catalog of Feature Films : Lummox
  3. Eyman, Scott. The Speed of Sound: Hollywood and the Talkie Revolution 1926-1930. Simon and Schuster, New York: 1997.