|Directed by||Phil Karlson|
|Written by||George Bruce|
|Screenplay by||Jesse Lasky Jr|
|Based on||the novel by Richard D. Blackmore|
|Produced by||Edward Small|
|Cinematography||Charles Van Enger|
|Edited by||Al Clark|
|Music by||George Duning|
Edward Small Productions
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
Lorna Doone is a 1951 American adventure film directed by Phil Karlson and starring Barbara Hale and Richard Greene. It is an adaptation of the 1869 novel Lorna Doone by R.D. Blackmore, set in the English West Country during the 17th century.
Lorna Doone falls for John Ridd, but is betrothed (against her will) to one Carver Doone. As the English Civil War looms, John is determined to defeat the vicious Doone family and win Lorna over.
- Barbara Hale as Lorna Doone
- Richard Greene as John Ridd
- Carl Benton Reid as Sir Ensor Doone
- William Bishop as Carver Doone
- Ron Randell as Tom Faggus
- Sean McClory as Charleworth Doone
- Onslow Stevens as Counsellor Doone
- Lester Matthews as King Charles II
- John Dehner as Baron de Wichehalse
- Gloria Petroff as Lorna Doone as a Child
In 1946 Small sent representatives to Britain to scout locations. He said he wanted to make the film on location in Scotland. Charles Bennett and George Bruce worked on the early drafts of the script. In 1948 Small said he would make the film as co-production with J Arthur Rank starring Louis Hayward .
In 1948 Alfred Hitchcock announced plans to film the novel for Transatlantic Pictures. Small claimed he had registered the title in the US; Hitchcock could film the story but would not be able to call it Lorna Doone in the US. This prompted Small to announce he would start filming in England in association with Rank and producer John Beck on 1 March 1949. This was postponed due to the US–English film trade war of 1948–19 and in August 1949 filming was put back indefinitely.
It was decided to make the movie in Hollywood, with locations shot at Yosemite National Park. Richard Greene and Barbara Hale were cast in the leads and Jesse Lasky Jr did the final draft of the script. Filming began 17 May1950. The final script was heavily influenced by Westerns.
"Whatever has been put on screen has been done with considerable loyalty to the novel," said Greene. "I don't think the British public will find too much fault with the treatment. What may be missed is the Cornish atmosphere."
Reviews were mixed.
- "Screen News". The Christian Science Monitor. Boston, Mass. 25 April 1944. p. 5.
- Schallert, Edwin (7 February 1946). "Stars in Bowl Project; Rooney Cinema to Jell". Los Angeles Times. p. 9.
- Schallert, Edwin (11 March 1946). "'Lorna Doone' Inspiring Expedition to England". Los Angeles Times. p. 8.
- "Stress Put on Realism in Pictures: Small Inaugurates Vogue for Authentic Locales Being Used". Los Angeles Times. 29 Sep 1946. p. C2.
- "Dancer Wears Daring Costumes". Los Angeles Times. 9 May 1946. p. A3.
- Schallert, Edwin (8 July 1948). "'Lorna Doone' Set Up; Widmark to Alter Pace". Los Angeles Times. p. 23.
- Schallert, Edwin (25 October 1948). "Small Hastens 'Doone' Project in Controversy; Sinatra Drama Sought". Los Angeles Times. p. A6.
- Thomas F. Brady (25 October 1948). "Selznick Acquires New Film Comedy: Buys 'Lion Tamer's Husband' for Production in the Spring With Cotten or Peck". New York Times. p. 28.
- homas F. Brady (2 August 1949). "Young and Lupino Set Up Film Firm: Plan Producing Documentary Movies, With 'Never Fear' Scheduled as First". New York Times. p. 15.
- Schallert, Edwin (22 December 1949). "'Telegraph Hill' Aimed at Andrews and Prelle; Kazan Runs 'Streetcar'". Los Angeles Times. p. 15.
- Jack London Episodic Film in Offing; Payton Set as Cochran Spouse Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 17 May 1950: B7.
- Jeffrey Richards, Swordsmen of the Screen, p 133
- HOLLYWOOD IN REVIEW: Richard Greene Defends Swashbuckling Pictures Los Angeles Times 27 Aug 1950: D10.
- Vagg, Stephen (August 10, 2019). "Unsung Aussie Actors – Ron Randell: A Top Twenty". Filmink.
- B.R.C. (21 June 1951). "Barbara Hale In Narrative By Blackmore". The Christian Science Monitor. Boston, Mass. p. 4.