The Silence of Dean Maitland
Ken G Hall pushed the boundaries with this tale of a church minister seducing Alma Lee, despite being engaged to another woman. Audiences in the 1930s loved it.
‘Ken G Hall wrote in his memoirs that he was initially reluctant to make this film, which was suggested by the boss of Union Theatres, Stuart Doyle. The original novel had been turned into a successful stage melodrama well before Raymond Longford filmed it in 1913. Hall found both book and play unfilmable, in the context of the sound era, but he persevered and the film became one of his biggest successes.’ - Paul Byrnes, australianscreen
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An image of British actress Charlotte Francis on an Australian beach, shot on the set of Ken G Hall’s The Silence of Dean Maitland (1934), features in the exhibition Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, 10 November 2017 to 4 March 2018.