Old English (film)

Old English
Directed by Alfred E. Green
Written by Walter Anthony
Maude T. Howell
Based on based on the play by John Galsworthy
Starring George Arliss
Leon Janney
Betty Lawford
Doris Lloyd
Music by Erno Rapee
Louis Silvers
Cinematography James Van Trees
Edited by Owen Marks
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Release dates
  • September 27, 1930 (1930-09-27) (United States)
Running time
85 mins.
Country United States
Language English

Old English is a 1930 American Pre-Code drama film directed by Alfred E. Green and produced by Warner Bros. The film is based on the 1924 Broadway play of the same name by John Galsworthy. The film stars George Arliss, Leon Janney, Betty Lawford and Doris Lloyd.


Heythorp is an old ship owner who finds himself on the verge of bankruptcy. He worries about his grandchildren, who are currently being taken care of by the miserly Mrs. Larne, the widowed wife of his son. She asks Heythorp for money, but suspecting that she will use the money on herself, he refuses. Although Heythorp is being hounded by creditors, he manages to get a loan using some shady dealings for which he may be prosecuted. Heythorp wants to use this money for an investment which will provide an independent allowance for his beloved grandchildren, Jock and Phyllis, that can not be touched by the greedy Mrs. Larne. Although he manages to arrange everything so he can die in peace, he is uncovered and threatened with exposure. In the end, Heythorp manages to escape punishment for his underhanded scheme.



The film survives complete and has been released by the Warner Archive on DVD.

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