Charles Ashton and British Silent Films

British Silent Film Star – Charles Ashton

The American Prisoner (1929)

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Director: BENTLEY, Thomas; Production Company: British International Pictures Studio : BIP Elstree

Assistant Director: DAVIDSON, J.D.; Scenario and dialogue: STANNARD, Eliot

From the novel by: PHILLPOTS, Eden


[Clapper Boy]: CARDIFF, Jack

Editor: SIMMONDS, S.

Art Director: GIBBINGS, T.H.

Music: REYNDERS, John

Music: SYLVAIN, Jules



Duration: 75 min.

Viewing copy : the print is held in the original nitrate stock at the BFI, but is not available for viewing. For further information contact BFI National Film Archive’s Research Viewing Service


Capt. Mainwaring (FOX, Reginald); Cecil Stark (BRISSON, Carl); Grace Malherb (CARROLL, Madeleine); Carberry (ASHTON, Charles); Peter Norco (BARRY, Cecil); Cuffee (BLAKE, Lucius); Mr Malherb (DAVENPORT, Bromley); Lovey Lee (PRICE, Nancy); Burnham (HARBORD, Carl); Miller (VALENTINE, John); Leverett (DIGNON, Edward); Knapps (TERRY, Harry)

Synopsis ( British Film Institute’s National Film Archive Catalogue)

DRAMA. A young American sailor, imprisoned on Dartmoor during the Napoleonic Wars, escapes from the prison and falls in love with the Squire’s daughter.

Synopsis (All Movie Guide)

This costume drama is set in the midst of a European war during the early 1800s and follows the exploits of a young woman who is forced to marry the wicked man who is threatening to make her father pay a major debt. One day, she meets a wounded fugitive, an American prisoner who was injured while escaping from his French captors. She helps him recover, and by the war’s end he is well, they have fallen in love with each other and flee together. by Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide:


Written by anneramsden

December 5, 2010 at 3:31 pm

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