This study focuses on the close relationship between the British film industry and the Edwardian theatre. Why were so many West End legends such as Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree and Ellen Terry repeatedly tempted to dabble in silent film work? Why were film producers so keen to employ them? Jon Burrows studies their screen performances and considers how successfully they made the transition from one medium to the other, and offers some controversial conclusions about the surprisingly broad social range of filmgoers to whom their films appealed.
Jon Burrows is a lecturer in the Department of Film and Television Studies, University of Warwick. He is the author of numerous articles about silent British cinema, including contributions to British Stars and Stardom (Manchester, 2001), The British Cinema Book, 2nd edition (London, 2001), and Young And Innocent? (UEP 2002).