Prunella (1918)

Fantasy | 27 May 1918

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HISTORY

In the film, Marguerite Clark recreates the stage role she so successfully played in Winthrop Ames's 1913 production of the play. A modern source notes that the film, which employed painted backdrops used in poster effect for the first time, has been ... More Less

In the film, Marguerite Clark recreates the stage role she so successfully played in Winthrop Ames's 1913 production of the play. A modern source notes that the film, which employed painted backdrops used in poster effect for the first time, has been lost. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
23 Feb 18
p. 945.
ETR
25 May 18
pp. 1995-97.
ETR
15 Jun 18
p. 116.
MPC
31 Aug 18
p. 1303.
MPN
8 Jun 18
p. 3400.
MPN
15 Jun 18
p. 3600.
MPW
23 Mar 18
p. 1707.
MPW
8 Jun 18
p. 1472.
New York Times
3 Jun 18
p. 9.
Photoplay
Aug 18
p. 80.
Variety
7 Jun 18
p. 33.
Wid's
26 May 18
pp. 15-16.
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LITERARY
Based on the play Prunella, or Love in a Dutch Garden by Harley Granville-Barker, Laurence Housman (London, 1904).
DETAILS
Release Date:
27 May 1918
Copyright Claimant:
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
18 May 1918
Copyright Number:
LP12434
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,742
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Carefully guarded by her three maiden aunts, Prim, Prude and Privacy, Prunella sees nothing of the world beyond her garden walls until a troupe of strolling players passes by. Peeping over the hedge, Prunella catches sight of the dashing Pierrot, and he, captivated by her beauty, leaps into the garden and makes love to her. That night, Prunella elopes with Pierrot, and soon she becomes a star of the Paris stage. Pierrot and his wife are happy for several years, but the fickle Pierrot finally deserts her for a new flame. Soon, however, he realizes the depth of his love for Prunella, and learning that she has left the stage, he returns to the garden to search for her and buys the little cottage from her only surviving aunt. At a party given for him by the mummers, Pierrot wanders distractedly into the garden, where he finds what he imagines is Prunella's ghost. Embracing her, he discovers to his joy that his Prunella is ... +


Carefully guarded by her three maiden aunts, Prim, Prude and Privacy, Prunella sees nothing of the world beyond her garden walls until a troupe of strolling players passes by. Peeping over the hedge, Prunella catches sight of the dashing Pierrot, and he, captivated by her beauty, leaps into the garden and makes love to her. That night, Prunella elopes with Pierrot, and soon she becomes a star of the Paris stage. Pierrot and his wife are happy for several years, but the fickle Pierrot finally deserts her for a new flame. Soon, however, he realizes the depth of his love for Prunella, and learning that she has left the stage, he returns to the garden to search for her and buys the little cottage from her only surviving aunt. At a party given for him by the mummers, Pierrot wanders distractedly into the garden, where he finds what he imagines is Prunella's ghost. Embracing her, he discovers to his joy that his Prunella is alive. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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