Jalna (1935)

75 or 77-78 mins | Drama | 9 August 1935

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HISTORY

Mazo De La Roche's novel was published serially in The Atlantic Monthly (May-Oct 1927) and, according to screen credits, was the " Atlantic Monthly prize novel of Canadian life." In the closing onscreen credits, actors playing the Whiteoaks family are shown and their characters, identified. No other characters, however, were identified. RKO borrowed Ian Hunter from Warner Bros. for this production. According to HR , George Offerman, Jr. replaced Trent Durkin in the role of "Finch." FD announced that British actors Molly Lamont and John Wood were making their American screen debuts in the production. Wood's participation in the final film has not been confirmed. Kay Johnson was married to director Cromwell during the film's ... More Less

Mazo De La Roche's novel was published serially in The Atlantic Monthly (May-Oct 1927) and, according to screen credits, was the " Atlantic Monthly prize novel of Canadian life." In the closing onscreen credits, actors playing the Whiteoaks family are shown and their characters, identified. No other characters, however, were identified. RKO borrowed Ian Hunter from Warner Bros. for this production. According to HR , George Offerman, Jr. replaced Trent Durkin in the role of "Finch." FD announced that British actors Molly Lamont and John Wood were making their American screen debuts in the production. Wood's participation in the final film has not been confirmed. Kay Johnson was married to director Cromwell during the film's production. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
23 Jul 35
p. 3.
Film Daily
7 May 35
p. 10.
Film Daily
26 Jul 35
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
8 May 35
p. 4, 5
Hollywood Reporter
10 May 35
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
13 May 35
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Jul 35
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Jul 35
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
22 Jun 35
p. 79.
Motion Picture Herald
17 Aug 35
p. 49, 52
New York Times
14 Sep 35
p. 8.
Variety
18 Sep 35
p. 15.
DETAILS
Release Date:
9 August 1935
Production Date:
13 May--early July 1935 at Prudential Studios
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
9 August 1935
Copyright Number:
LP5766
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
75 or 77-78
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
PCA No:
1088
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After he receives word that his first book of poetry is to be published by a New York firm, handsome Eden Whiteoaks leaves "Jalna," the Ontario estate he shares with Gran, uncles Ernest and Nicholas, brothers Renny, Piers, Wakefield and Finch and older sister Meg, for the city. There, Eden falls in love with and marries literary assistant Alayne Archer and returns to Jalna with her, just as Piers shows up with his bride, neighbor Pheasant Vaughn. Although Alayne is greeted warmly by the Whiteoaks, Pheasant, whose alcoholic father Maurice had been engaged to Meg until baby Pheasant was left on his doorstep, is denounced by Meg and everyone else in the family but Renny. At Renny's insistence, Pheasant, whom Alayne has also defended, is allowed into the household and soon attracts the attention of Eden. At the same time, Renny grows close to Alayne, deeply impressed by her beauty, poise and intelligence. Eventually, Renny and Alayne, having confessed their love for each other, decide to separate, and Eden is about to give in to Alayne's pleas that they move to New York, when he falls and breaks his leg during a family Christmas party. Following his prolonged recuperation, Eden seduces Pheasant at a family picnic and is seen by Finch. Envious of Eden, Finch tells Piers about his wife's adultery, and Piers storms off in a jealous rage to find Eden. Confronted by Piers on a high cliff, Eden, who had just planted a fake suicide note, slips and falls to his death. Two weeks later, as Alayne is about to leave for New York, the usually befuddled one-hundred-year-old Gran orders Renny to catch ... +


After he receives word that his first book of poetry is to be published by a New York firm, handsome Eden Whiteoaks leaves "Jalna," the Ontario estate he shares with Gran, uncles Ernest and Nicholas, brothers Renny, Piers, Wakefield and Finch and older sister Meg, for the city. There, Eden falls in love with and marries literary assistant Alayne Archer and returns to Jalna with her, just as Piers shows up with his bride, neighbor Pheasant Vaughn. Although Alayne is greeted warmly by the Whiteoaks, Pheasant, whose alcoholic father Maurice had been engaged to Meg until baby Pheasant was left on his doorstep, is denounced by Meg and everyone else in the family but Renny. At Renny's insistence, Pheasant, whom Alayne has also defended, is allowed into the household and soon attracts the attention of Eden. At the same time, Renny grows close to Alayne, deeply impressed by her beauty, poise and intelligence. Eventually, Renny and Alayne, having confessed their love for each other, decide to separate, and Eden is about to give in to Alayne's pleas that they move to New York, when he falls and breaks his leg during a family Christmas party. Following his prolonged recuperation, Eden seduces Pheasant at a family picnic and is seen by Finch. Envious of Eden, Finch tells Piers about his wife's adultery, and Piers storms off in a jealous rage to find Eden. Confronted by Piers on a high cliff, Eden, who had just planted a fake suicide note, slips and falls to his death. Two weeks later, as Alayne is about to leave for New York, the usually befuddled one-hundred-year-old Gran orders Renny to catch Alayne and marry her, while astutely encouraging Piers and Pheasant to reconcile with each other, and Meg and Maurice to forgive each other. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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