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Evangeline
Director: Edwin Carewe () (Personally Directed by)
Release Date:   24 Aug 1929
Premiere Information:   New York opening: 27 Jul 1929
Duration (in mins):   87
Duration (in feet):   7,862 (Si); 8,268 (Sd)
Duration (in reels):   9
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Cast:   Dolores Del Rio (Evangeline)  
    Roland Drew (Gabriel)  
    Alec B. Francis (Father Felician)  
    Donald Reed (Baptiste)  
    James A. Marcus (Basil, the blacksmith)  
    Paul McAllister (Benedict Bellefontaine)  
    George Marion Sr. (René La Blanc)  
    Robert Mack (Michael, the fiddler)  
    Lee Shumway (Colonel Winslow)  
    Louis Payne (Governor General)  
    Paul Weigel (Lamplighter)  
    John T. Prince (Jesuit priest)  

Summary: In the quiet Nova Scotian village of Grand-Pré lives the fair, beloved Evangeline with her father, Benedict Bellefontaine, a prosperous and honored farmer of the Acadian community. Though she admires and is loved by Baptiste, son of the notary, she is pledged to Gabriel, son of Basil, the village smith. Before they can be married, France and England declare war; the Acadians, bound by allegiance to England and by ties of kinship to France, refuse to take up arms against France, and as a result are ordered deported. As the men are herded aboard a British man-o'-war, the governor-general sets fire to the village of Grand-Pré. Suffering from exposure and broken by the sight, Benedict dies in the arms of Evangeline, who then departs for unknown lands with Father Felician. They arrive at Bayou Têche, Louisiana, where former residents of Grand Pré have established a settlement, just missing Gabriel. Through the wilds of the gulf coast, Evangeline suffers many hardships in search of her beloved, refusing the hand of Baptiste, who has meanwhile become a prosperous land owner. Basil offers to aid her in her search for Gabriel, but they are separated by a storm on the rapids. Traveling alone through unexplored country, Evangeline arrives at a settlement of Jesuits; she becomes a Sister of Mercy, though ever hopeful of finding Gabriel. At the end of the war, Evangeline is sent to Philadelphia to care for the maimed and friendless; there, in an almshouse, she is at last reunited with her long-sought beloved. 

Production Company: Edwin Carewe Productions  
  Feature Productions, Inc.  
Production Text: United Artists Picture
An Edwin Carewe Production
Distribution Company: United Artists Corp.  
Director: Edwin Carewe (Personally Directed by)
  Wallace W. Fox (Chief aide)
  Jack Boland (Asst dir)
Producer: Edwin Carewe (Pres)
Writer: Finis Fox (Scr and titles)
Photography: Robert B. Kurrle (Dir of photog)
  Al M. Green (Dir of photog)
  C. P. Drew (Lighting eng)
Art Direction: Stephen Gooson (Art Tech)
  Tec-Art Studios (Settings)
Film Editor: Jeanne Spencer (Film ed)
Costumes: Charles Huber (Master of ward)
Music: Hugo Riesenfeld (Mus score created by)
Production Misc: Eugene Hornbostel (Tech adv)
  Louis M. Jerome (Prod mgr)
  Gene Rossi (Props)
  Finis Fox (Historian)
Country: United States
Language: English

Music:
Songs:
Source Text: Based on the poem Evangeline, A Tale of Acadie by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Boston, 1847).
Authors: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Edwin Carewe-Feature Productions, Inc. 1/7/1929 dd/mm/yyyy LP531

Physical Properties: Si: Mus score and sd eff, Vitaphone
  b&w:

 
Genre: Drama
Sub-Genre: Historical
 
Subjects (Major): Acadia (LA)
  Acadia (Nova Scotia)
  Cajuns
  Colonies
  Courtship
  Farmers
  Philadelphia (PA)
  Priests
  Nuns
  United States--History--French and Indian War, 1755-1763
  Village life

Note: For information about other filmed adaptations of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem, see the entry above for the 1919 Fox Film Corp. production entitled Evangeline .
       Screenwriter Finis Fox and production aide Wallace W. Fox were brothers of producers-director Edwin Carewe. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   14 Aug 1929.   
New York Times   29 Jul 1929   p. 23.
Variety   31 Jul 1929   p. 17.

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