WriterWalter Anthony, Maude T. Howell Release dateMarch 9, 1930 (1930-27-09) (United States) Based onbased on the play by John Galsworthy ScreenplayWalter Anthony, Maude T. Howell CastGeorge Arliss (Heythorp), Doris Lloyd (Mrs. Larne), Harrington Reynolds (Gilbert Farney), Reginald Sheffield (Bob Pillin), Betty Lawford (Phyllis), Murray Kinnell (Charles Ventnor) Similar moviesSilver Linings Playbook, Titanic, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Dances with Wolves, Life of Pi, Youth
Old English is a 1930 American Pre-Code drama film directed by Alfred E. Green and produced by Warner Bros. The film is based on the 1924 Broadway play of the same name by John Galsworthy. The film stars George Arliss, Leon Janney, Betty Lawford and Doris Lloyd.
Heythorp is an old ship owner who finds himself on the verge of bankruptcy. He worries about his grandchildren, who are currently being taken care of by the miserly Mrs. Larne, the widowed wife of his son. She asks Heythorp for money, but suspecting that she will use the money on herself, he refuses. Although Heythorp is being hounded by creditors, he manages to get a loan using some shady dealings for which he may be prosecuted. Heythorp wants to use this money for an investment which will provide an independent allowance for his beloved grandchildren, Jock and Phyllis, that can not be touched by the greedy Mrs. Larne. Although he manages to arrange everything so he can die in peace, he is uncovered and threatened with exposure. In the end, Heythorp manages to escape punishment for his underhanded scheme.
George Arliss - Heythorp
Leon Janney - Jock
Betty Lawford - Phyllis
Doris Lloyd - Mrs. Larne
Harrington Reynolds - Gilbert Farney
Reginald Sheffield - Bob Pillin
Murray Kinnell - Charles Ventnor
Ivan F. Simpson - Joe Pillin
Ethel Griffies - Adela Heythorp
The film survives complete and has been released by the Warner Archive on DVD.