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
Distributed by Woolf & Freedman Film Service
Release date
  • 21 May 1929 (1929-05-21)(US)
CountryUnited Kingdom
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.


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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  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.