Young Woodley (1930 film)

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Young Woodley
Directed by Thomas Bentley
Written by Victor Kendall
Based on Young Woodley
by John Van Druten
Starring Madeleine Carroll
Frank Lawton
Sam Livesey
Gerald Rawlinson
Cinematography Claude Friese-Greene
Edited by Sam Simmonds
Emile de Ruelle
Production
company
Distributed by Wardour Films
Release date
2 July 1930
Running time
79 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish

Young Woodley is a 1930 British drama film directed by Thomas Bentley and starring Madeleine Carroll, Frank Lawton, Sam Livesey, and Gerald Rawlinson. [1]

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Production

The film was based on the controversial 1925 play Young Woodley by John Van Druten. Bentley had previously directed a 1928 silent version, but the film was never released, and he re-made it in sound using some of the same actors. A school prefect becomes attracted to the headmaster's wife. The film, like the play, was noted for its subversive attitude to authority. The pompous and cold headmaster is portrayed as the villain of the work. [2] The film was not a major success when it was released, [3] despite its large budget and well-known subject matter.

Cast

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References

  1. "Young Woodley". British Film Institute . Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  2. Richards p.313-314.
  3. Richards p.314.

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