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HISTORY

Among the many other motion picture and television adaptations of Jane Eyre : The 1918 Select Pictures film Woman and Wife (see listing below); the 1921 Hugo Ballin production, directed by Ballin (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.2782); the 1934 Monogram film, starring Virginia Bruce and directed by Christy Cabanne; the 1944 Fox film, starring Joan Fontaine and directed by Robert Stevenson; and the 1971 British version, starring Susannah York and directed by Delbert ... More Less

Among the many other motion picture and television adaptations of Jane Eyre : The 1918 Select Pictures film Woman and Wife (see listing below); the 1921 Hugo Ballin production, directed by Ballin (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.2782); the 1934 Monogram film, starring Virginia Bruce and directed by Christy Cabanne; the 1944 Fox film, starring Joan Fontaine and directed by Robert Stevenson; and the 1971 British version, starring Susannah York and directed by Delbert Mann. More Less

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Motog
5 Dec 14
p. 796.
MPW
20 Jun 14
p. 1708.
MPW
21 Nov 14
p. 1146.
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LITERARY
Based on the novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (London, 1847).
DETAILS
Release Date:
November 1914
Copyright Claimant:
Whitman Features Co.
Copyright Date:
5 December 1914
Copyright Number:
LU3899
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
4
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After a year of marriage, Mrs. Edward Fairfax Rochester of Thornfield Hall becomes violently insane, after which her husband imprisons her on the third floor of their house. Years later, Rochester, purportedly a widower, engages young Jane Eyre as governess for his daughter Adele. While visiting Thornfield Hall, John Mason, Mrs. Rochester's brother, sees that his sister is extremely agitated and learns that Rochester intends to marry Jane. As Jane and Rochester exchange vows, however, Mason, accompanied by a barrister, stops the ceremony. Shocked to find that Mrs. Rochester is alive, Jane leaves Thornfield Hall and is befriended by the Rev. St. John Rivers, who later proposes to her. Meanwhile, having learned of Rochester's betrayal, his wife sets fire to their house. She perishes in the fire and Rochester is blinded while attempting to save her. Jane finds him stumbling toward a precipice. She then becomes his ... +


After a year of marriage, Mrs. Edward Fairfax Rochester of Thornfield Hall becomes violently insane, after which her husband imprisons her on the third floor of their house. Years later, Rochester, purportedly a widower, engages young Jane Eyre as governess for his daughter Adele. While visiting Thornfield Hall, John Mason, Mrs. Rochester's brother, sees that his sister is extremely agitated and learns that Rochester intends to marry Jane. As Jane and Rochester exchange vows, however, Mason, accompanied by a barrister, stops the ceremony. Shocked to find that Mrs. Rochester is alive, Jane leaves Thornfield Hall and is befriended by the Rev. St. John Rivers, who later proposes to her. Meanwhile, having learned of Rochester's betrayal, his wife sets fire to their house. She perishes in the fire and Rochester is blinded while attempting to save her. Jane finds him stumbling toward a precipice. She then becomes his wife. +

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