The Bondman (1929 film)

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The Bondman
Directed by Herbert Wilcox
Produced by Herbert Wilcox
Written by Hall Caine (novel)
T.A. Innes
Starring Norman Kerry
Donald Macardle
Henry Vibart
Cinematography Freddie Young
Production
company
Distributed by Woolf & Freedman Film Service
Release date
  • 21 May 1929 (1929-05-21)(US)
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageSilent
English Intertitles

The Bondman is a 1929 British silent adventure directed by Herbert Wilcox and starring Norman Kerry, Frances Cuyler, and Donald Macardle. [1] It was based on a novel The Bondman by Hall Caine.

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The film was made at Cricklewood Studios. [2] Because it was made as a silent film at a time when sound film was taking over it was only able to secure release as a second feature. [3]

Hall Caine enjoyed the final film. [4]

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References

  1. "The Bondman (1929)". Archived from the original on 13 January 2009. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  2. Wood p.65
  3. Chibnall p.7
  4. "SATURDAY, 30th NOVEMBER". The South-western News . XXV (2138). Western Australia. 29 November 1929. p. 2. Retrieved 19 August 2017 via National Library of Australia.

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