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Evidence
Director: John G. Adolfi (Dir)
Release Date:   5 Oct 1929
Premiere Information:   New York opening: 4 Oct 1929
Duration (in mins):   79
Duration (in feet):   7,152
Duration (in reels):   8
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Cast:   Pauline Frederick (Myra Stanhope)  
    William Courtenay (Cyril Wimborne)  
    Conway Tearle (Harold Courtenay)  
    Lowell Sherman (Norman Pollock)  
    Alec B. Francis (Harbison)  
    Freddie Burke Frederick (Kenyon Wimborne)  
    Madeline Seymour (Mrs. Debenham)  
    Ivan Simpson (Peabody)  
    Myrna Loy (Native girl)  
    Lionel Belmore (Innkeeper)  

Summary: Lord Cyril Wimborne, a barrister, divorces his wife, Myra, and takes custody of their child, Kenyon, when he finds her name linked with the profligate Major Pollock. Myra goes into seclusion while Pollock, intending to conceal Myra's innocence, goes to Burma. A few years later Myra sees Kenyon in the park with Mrs. Debenham, a widow with designs on Wimborne. Noting the resemblance between the lady in the park (whom he calls his "princess") and a photograph of his mother, Kenyon invites Myra to dinner at a time when his father, who has curtailed the visits to the park, plans to be away. At the same time Harold Courtenay, an old family friend, sees an opportunity to reunite the estranged couple. Myra and Wimborne are reunited when Pollock commits suicide, leaving a note completely exonerating her from the charge of adultery. 

Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.  
Distribution Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.  
Director: John G. Adolfi (Dir)
Writer: J. Grubb Alexander (Scen)
  J. Grubb Alexander (Dial)
  De Leon Anthony (Titles)
Photography: Barney McGill (Dir of photog)
Film Editor: Robert Crandall (Film ed)
Country: United States
Language: English

Music:
Songs: "Little Cavalier," words by Al Dubin, music by M. K. Jerome.
Composer: Al Dubin
  M. K. Jerome
Source Text: Based on the play Evidence by Jean du Rocher Macpherson (New York, 7 Oct 1914).
Authors: Jean du Rocher Macpherson

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. 26/9/1929 dd/mm/yyyy LP716

Physical Properties: Sd: Vitaphone
  Sd, also Si: Also si.
  b&w:

 
Genre: Melodrama
 
Subjects (Major): Burma
  Divorce
  England
  Infidelity
  Lawyers
  Nobility
  Suicide

Note: Another adaptation of Jean du Rocher Macpherson's play was released by the World Film Corp. in 1915. That film, also entitled Evidence , was directed by Edwin August and co-starred August and Lillian Tucker (see entry above). 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   6 Oct 1929.   
New York Times   5 Oct 1929   p. 22.
Variety   9 Oct 1929   p. 46.

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