Nell Gwyn (1926)

Genres - Drama, Historical Film, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Biopic [feature]  |   Run Time - 82 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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While Lillian Gish achieved stardom with her dramatic emoting, her sister Dorothy made a name for herself as a saucy comedienne. Nell Gwyn was one of several felicitous collaborations between Dorothy Gish and British producer-director Herbert Wilcox. The star is of course cast as the title character, the infamous 17th-century orange vendor who became a star on the London stage -- and the mistress of "merry monarch" King Charles III (Randle Ayrton). Though her fortunes take a downswing towards the end of her life, Nell remains ever faithful to her beloved Charles. Nell Gwyn was based on a novel by Marjorie Bowen, which was also the source for the 1934 remake, which starred Herbert Wilcox's talented protégé (and later wife) Anna Neagle.

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actor, affection, aristocracy, court [law], espionage, forbidden-love, king, lady, mistress, monarch, performer, royalty, stage, stars [celebrities], street, success