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Lorna Doone(1951)

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After the film's opening credits, actor Richard Greene provides a brief voice-over commentary as his character, "John Ridd."Daily Variety, Hollywood Reporter and Los Angeles Times news items indicated that producer Edward Small initially intended to film Lorna Doone on location in England, using frozen funds. Hollywood Reporter asserted that Small had registered the film's title in the U.S., but that producer Sidney Bernstein had registered it in England. News items noted that Small's associate producer, Grant Whytock, and art director Rudy Sternad were traveling to England to scout locations. The film was shot entirely in Hollywood, however, and any further participation by Sternad has not been confirmed. No evidence of Bernstein's British production has been found.
       According to Los Angeles Times, writer George Bruce was borrowed from M-G-M to adapt the Richard Doddridge Blackmore novel. Other Hollywood Reporter items disclosed that actor Farley Granger was suspended by Samuel Goldwyn for refusing to be loaned out to Columbia for the role of "John Ridd." A contemporary source indicated that actor Glenn Langan was considered for a role in the film, but he was not in the released film.
       Among the many other filmed versions of Blackmore's novel are a 1911 Thanhouser production, directed by Theodore Marsten, starring Frank Crane and Margaret Snow; a 1915 Biograph production, directed by J. Farrell MacDonald, starring Vola Smith and Edward Cecil; a 1922 Thomas H. Ince Corp. production, directed by Maurice Tourneur, starring Madge Bellamy and John Bowers (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films 1921-30) and a 1935 British production, directed by Basil Dean, starring John Loder and Margaret Lockwood. In 1990, another version was produced for British television.