|Directed by||Paul Fejös|
|Produced by||Carl Laemmle|
Carl Laemmle Jr.
|Written by||Tom Reed |
Edward T. Lowe Jr.
|Story by||Mann Page|
|Edited by||Frank Atkinson|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|69 minutes (silent version)|
75 minutes (sound version)
Lonesome is a 1928 American comedy drama part-talkie film directed by Paul Fejös, and starring Barbara Kent and Glenn Tryon. Its plot follows two working-class residents of New York City over a 24-hour-period, during which they have a chance meeting at Coney Island during the Independence Day weekend and swiftly fall in love with one another. It was produced and distributed by Universal Pictures.
In 2010, it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". The film was released on Blu-ray disc and DVD on August 28, 2012, as part of the Criterion Collection.
It was remade in 1935 as a comedy called The Affair of Susan.
In New York City, Mary is a telephone operator who lives alone and is lonely. Jim is a factory worker who also lives alone, and feels disconnected from the world. During the Independence Day weekend, both Mary and Jim decide to visit Coney Island alone after finishing their Saturday half-day work shifts. The two board the same bus, mutually catching the other's attention, and again encounter each other once they arrive at the beach.
After the two spend some time together on the beach, Mary realizes she has lost the wedding ring she wears. Jim helps her locate it, but is disheartened, believing she is married. Mary reassures him after they find the ring that it is only her mother's wedding band. As night falls, Mary laments the fact that their day together is over, but Jim assures her it is not, and they continue to spend time together at the amusement park, visiting a fortune teller and riding amusement park rides. The two ride the Cyclone rollercoaster, but after one of the cars crashes, a melee ensues among the parkgoers, during which Mary and Jim are separated.
Only knowing each other's first name, and having only a small photo of each other, Jim and Mary are desperate to find each other. Jim attempts to locate Mary in the park, but a rainstorm causes further complications, sending the hundreds of park visitors scattering. A defeated Jim leaves Coney Island by train, as does Mary. Mary retreats to her apartment, where she begins to cry and beat her hands against the walls in despair. The noise catches the attention of Jim, who can hear it through the other wall—unbeknownst to either of them, the two are neighbors in their apartment building, but had never crossed paths prior. Jim opens the door to Mary's apartment and sees her standing before her bed. Shocked, but elated, the two embrace.
- Barbara Kent as Mary
- Glenn Tryon as Jim
- Fay Holderness as Overdressed Woman on Roller Coaster
- Gustav Partos as Romantic Gentleman on Roller Coaster
- Eddie Phillips as the Sportive Gentleman on Bus
- Andy Devine as Jim's Friend
- Edgar Dearing as Cop (uncredited)
- Louise Emmons as Telephone Caller (uncredited)
- Fred Esmelton as Swami (uncredited)
- Jack Raymond as Barker (uncredited)
- Churchill Ross as Telephone Caller (uncredited)
Lonesome was one of the first motion pictures to have sound and a couple of talking scenes. It was released in both silent and monaural versions. Some scenes in existing original prints of the film are colored with stencils.
- "2010 National Film Registry Announced: News Releases". Library of Congress. December 28, 2010.
- "Complete National Film Registry Listing | Film Registry | National Film Preservation Board | Programs at the Library of Congress | Library of Congress". Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
- "Lonesome (1928)". Criterion Collection.
- "Alternate Versions for Lonesome (1928)". imdb.com.
- "Lonesome". The Criterion Collection. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Lonesome.|
- Lonesome essay  by Raquel Stecher on the National Film Registry website
- Lonesome at IMDb
- Lonesome at AllMovie
- Still at The Hollywood Revue
- Stills at silentsaregolden.com
- Lonesome: Great City, Great Solitude an essay by Phillip Lopate at the Criterion Collection
- Lonesome essay by Daniel Eagan In America's Film Legacy, 2009-2010: A Viewer's Guide To The 50 Landmark Movies Added To The National Film Registry In 2009-10, Bloomsbury Publishing Usa, 2011, ISBN 1441120025 Pages 31-34