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Vintage original Grosset & Dunlap "Photoplay Edition" hardback book with dust jacket from the 1920's historical silent film drama, DOROTHY VERNON OF HADDON HALL, released in 1924 by United Artists and directed by Marshall Neilan.


The script by Waldemar Young was based upon the 1902 novel, Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall, by Charles Major. The front cover features a beautiful color illustration of Mary Pickford in costume as the title character. The interior includes full-pages featuring black-and-white photographs from the film. It is in overall very good- condition.


*"Mary Pickford worked previously with director Ernst Lubitsch on the movie Rosita (1923). They were originally to make this picture together as well, but Lubitsch turned the directing assignment down. Pickford admitting wanting to work with someone else as well. Pickford wanted to move away from being the 'girl with the curls' and this was the first of her films in this direction and she desperately wanted for this film to be a success.


She used a big budget and introduced several special effects. She assigned Marshall Neilan as the director. They had positive memories of working together on previous films, including Stella Maris (1918) and Daddy-Long-Legs (1919). However, they reportedly fought a lot while working on this film. Neilan showed up on set drunk every day, and their longtime friendship eventually was destroyed.

The movie was filmed at the real Haddon Hall. It was the first movie to be shot there, the estate having just been restored four years earlier."

*(source: Wikipedia)


*"In the year 1550, Sir George Vernon agrees to have his young daughter Dorothy betrothed to John Manners, the son of the Earl of Rutland. Sir George signs a contract, promising that the marriage will take place on Dorothy's 18th birthday, or else he will have to pay a large penalty to Rutland. But when the two children have grown older, rumors of John's wild behavior in France provoke Sir George to call off the engagement, and to pledge his daughter instead to her cousin Malcolm. Rutland now claims the forfeit from Sir George, and meanwhile, John has befriended Mary Stuart, the sworn enemy of Elizabeth, who is now Queen of England."

*(source: IMDb)



DOROTHY VERNON OF HADDON HALL (1924) US Photoplay Edition Book

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