Gems of Literature (1923)

Average 25m per episode
black and white

A series of short films, some of them fantasy, directed by Edwin Greenwood.


Adaptations of famous novels and short stories.


Director: Edwin Greenwood
British and Colonial Kinematograph Company
Producer: Edward Godal


Episodes with genre content are marked in bold.

The Mistletoe Bough
2050 feet
Script: Eliot Stannard
Play: Charles Somerset
John Stuart (Lord Lovell); Flora le Breton (Lady Agnes de Clifford); Lionel d'Aragon (Sir Reginald de Courcey); William Lugg (Baron de Clifford)

The Taming of the Shrew
2016 feet
Play: William Shakespeare
Cast: Dacia Deane (Katharina); Lauderdale Maitland (Petruchio); M. Gray Murray (Baptista); Cynthia Murtagh (Bianca); Roy Beard (Lucentio); Somers Bellamy

Curfew Must Not Ring Tonight
Based on the Poem by: Rose Thorpe
Cast: Joan Morgan (Elizabeth); M.A. Wetherell (Oliver Cromwell); Ronald Buchanan (the man); Lionel D'Aragon (the captain); M. Gray Murray (Colonel Penn)

The Dream of Eugene Aram
Based on the Poem by: Thomas Hood
Cast: Russell Thorndike (Eugene Aram); Olive Sloane (Mrs Aram); Wally Bosco; Gerald Andersen

Script: W.C. Rowden (?), Eliot Stannard
Novel: A Carol by Charles Dickens
Cast: Russell Thorndike (Scrooge); Nina Vanna (Mrs Fred); Jack Denton (Marley's ghost); Forbes Dawson (Fred)
Miserly London businessman Ebenezer Scrooge is visited on Christmas Eve by the ghost of his dead business partner Marley, who warns him that three more will appear during the night trying to show Scrooge the error of his ways. As the night wears on, he's visited by the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. But will even they be enough to soften old Scrooge's heart?

The Bells
Based on the Play by: Leopold Lewis
Cast: Russell Thorndike (Matthias); Arthur Walcott (hypnotist); Daisy Agnew (farmer's wife)

The School of Scandal
Based on the Play by: Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Cast: Russell Thorndike (Sir Peter Teazle); Nina Vanna (Lady Teazle); Florence Wulff (Lady Sneerwell)

She Stoops to Conquer
Based on the Play by: Oliver Goldsmith
Cast: Madge Stuart (Miss Hardcastle); Walter Tennyson (young Marlow)

The Test
Based on the story ‘Madame Firmiani' by: Honoré de Balzac
Cast: Madge Stuart (Mme Firmiani); Russell Thorndike (De Bourbonne)

The Sins of a Father
Based on the Novel by: Mrs Gaskell
Cast: Madge Stuart; Russell Thorndike

Falstaff the Tavern Knight
Based on the Play by: William Shakespeare
Cast: Roy Byford (Sir John Falstaff); Margaret Yarde (Mistress Ford); Jack Denton (Master Ford)

Love in an Attic
Based on the Poem by: Robert Buchanan
Cast: Nina Vanna (the milliner); Russell Thorndike (the producer); Walter Tennyson (the dramatist)


Classic Images no.293 (November 1999) p.C4 – article

and Its Adaptations: A Critical Examination of Dickens's Story and Its Productions on Screen and Television by Fred Guida p.174 – credits