Under the Greenwood Tree (1929 film)

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Under the Greenwood Tree
Directed by Harry Lachman
Written by Monckton Hoffe
Harry Lachman
Frank Launder
Rex Taylor
Based onthe novel Under the Greenwood Tree by Thomas Hardy
Starring Marguerite Allan
Nigel Barrie
Wilfred Shine
Cinematography Claude Friese-Greene
Edited by Emile de Ruelle
Music by Hubert Bath
John Reynders
Distributed by Wardour Films
Release date
5 September 1929
Running time
100 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Under the Greenwood Tree is a 1929 British historical drama film directed by Harry Lachman and starring Marguerite Allan, Nigel Barrie and Wilfred Shine. It is an adaptation of the 1872 novel Under the Greenwood Tree by Thomas Hardy.


Production and release

The film's sets were designed by Wilfred Arnold. It was made at Elstree Studios by the leading British company of the era British International Pictures. [1] It was originally intended to be a silent film, but following the arrival of sound, songs and dialogue were added using the RCA system. It was released in September 1929, around the same time as The American Prisoner , both films following on from the company's first sound release, Alfred Hitchcock's Blackmail , in June. [2]

A review in Close Up suggested it "has perhaps the best direction yet produced from a British studio". [3]


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