The Colleen Bawn (1924 film)

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The Colleen Bawn
Directed by W.P. Kellino
Written by Dion Boucicault (play)
Eliot Stannard
Starring Henry Victor
Colette Brettel
Stewart Rome
Gladys Jennings
Cinematography Basil Emmott
Distributed byStoll Pictures
Release date
January 1924
Running time
6,400 feet [1]
CountryUnited Kingdom
English intertitles

The Colleen Bawn is a 1924 British silent drama film directed by W.P. Kellino and starring Henry Victor, Colette Brettel and Stewart Rome. [2] It is an adaptation of the 1860 Irish play The Colleen Bawn by Dion Boucicault.



In Ireland a poor aristocrat hires a half-wit to drown his secret wife so he can wed an heiress.


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