Common Clay


1h 29m 1930

Brief Synopsis

Young Ellen Neal gets work as a servant with the wealthy Fullerton family. She falls in love with the Fullerton's handsome young son. But he leaves her with child, and when she attempts to gain recognition for her child, the Fullerton family treats her as a blackmailer. But a surprise awaits them all.

Film Details

Release Date
Aug 13, 1930
Premiere Information
New York premiere: 1 Aug 1930
Production Company
Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Common Clay by Cleves Kinkead (New York, 26 Aug 1915).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 29m
Sound
Mono (MovieTone)
Color
Black and White
Film Length
7,961ft (9 reels)

Synopsis

Ellen Neal, after being arrested in a nightclub raid, follows the advice of the judge and determines to start a new life. She obtains a position as maid in the Fullerton home, where everyone from the butler to young Hugh Fullerton tries to engage her attentions; her affair with Hugh culminates in due course when their child is born. When Ellen refuses to accept a monetary settlement from the socially elite family, they investigate her past: it develops that she is herself illegitimate and that her mother had committed suicide to prevent the father's disgrace; but later her father is revealed to be none other than Fullerton's lawyer. Finally Hugh changes his judgment of her, and they are reunited.

Film Details

Release Date
Aug 13, 1930
Premiere Information
New York premiere: 1 Aug 1930
Production Company
Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Common Clay by Cleves Kinkead (New York, 26 Aug 1915).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 29m
Sound
Mono (MovieTone)
Color
Black and White
Film Length
7,961ft (9 reels)

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Notes

A Spanish-language version, Del mismo barro, was also produced in 1930 (see below).