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|Directed by||Alfred E. Green|
Maude T. Howell (asst., uncredited)
|Written by||Walter Anthony|
Maude T. Howell
|Based on||The play by John Galsworthy|
|Music by||Erno Rapee|
|Cinematography||James Van Trees|
|Edited by||Owen Marks|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.|
Old English is a 1930 American pre-Code drama film directed by Alfred E. Green and produced by Warner Bros. The film is based on the 1924 Broadway play of the same name by John Galsworthy. The film stars George Arliss, Leon Janney, Betty Lawford and Doris Lloyd.
Heythorp is an old shipowner who finds himself on the verge of bankruptcy. He worries about his grandchildren, who are currently being taken care of by the miserly Mrs. Larne, the widowed wife of his son. She asks Heythorp for money, but suspecting that she will use the money on herself, he refuses. Although Heythorp is being hounded by creditors, he manages to get a loan by using some shady dealings for which he may be prosecuted. Heythorp wants to use the money for an investment, which will provide an independent allowance for his beloved grandchildren, Jock and Phyllis, which the greedy Mrs. Larne cannot touch. Although he manages to arrange everything so that he can die in peace, he is uncovered and threatened with exposure. In the end, Heythorp manages to escape punishment for his underhanded scheme.
- The AFI Catalog of Feature Films 1893-1993:Old English
- Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at The Library of Congress, (<-book title) p.131 c.1978 by The American Film Institute
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