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Jane Eyre(1934)

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The traditional song "Sweet and Low" is sung by Virginia Bruce in the picture. Monogram borrowed Bruce from M-G-M for this production, which was the actress' first film in two years. In 1932, Bruce married actor John Gilbert and quit acting after her performance in M-G-M's Konga (see below). In 1934, she divorced Gilbert and returned immediately to the screen. A Hollywood Reporter news item adds Doris Lloyd to the cast, but her participation in the final film has not been confirmed. Modern sources credit Abe Meyer with the film's musical direction. Modern sources also note that the film was shot in part at Sherwood Forest, CA. Many versions of Charlotte Bront's novel have been filmed, including a 1914 Whitman Features production, starring Lisbeth Blackstone and a 1918 Select Pictures film called Woman and Wife, directed by Edward Jos and starring Alice Brady and Elliott Dexter (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20; F1.2264 and F1.5064); a 1921 Hugo Ballin production, directed by Ballin and starring Mabel Ballin (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.2782); the well-known 1944 Fox version, directed by Robert Stevenson and starring Joan Fontaine and Orson Welles; and a 1971 British production, directed by Delbert Mann and starring Susannah York. Ethel Griffies played "Grace Poole" in both the 1934 and 1944 versions.