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Lonesome is a 1928 American comedy drama part-talkie film by the Hungarian-born American director Paul Fejös. It was produced and distributed by Universal Pictures. In 2010, it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".[1] The film was released on Blu-ray disc and DVD on August 28, 2012, as part of the Criterion Collection.[2]

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byPaul Fejös
Produced byCarl Laemmle
Carl Laemmle Jr.
Oskar Schubert-Stevens
Story byMann Page
StarringBarbara Kent
Glenn Tryon
Fay Holderness
CinematographyGilbert Warrenton
Edited byFrank Atkinson
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • June 20, 1928 (1928-06-20) (silent version)
  • September 30, 1928 (1928-09-30) (sound version)
Running time
69 min (silent version)
75 min (sound version)
CountryUnited States

It was remade in 1935 as a comedy called The Affair of Susan.


In New York, Mary is a telephone operator who lives alone and is lonely. Jim is a factory worker who lives alone and is lonely. Each decides to go to the beach (presumably Coney Island) and both are captivated with each other, eventually realizing, moreover, that they really do like each other. Having gone from loneliness to finding love, enjoying the company of each other and having fun, they are separated, because of exigent circumstances and hundreds of visitors to the beach that day. Only knowing each other's first name, and having only a small photo of each other, Jim and Mary are desperate to find each other. Will these two lonesome individuals who have discovered their love for each other lose it all the same day?



Lonesome was one of the first motion pictures to have sound and a couple of talking scenes. It was released in both silent and monaural versions.[3] Some scenes in existing original prints of the film are colored with stencils.

Home mediaEdit

In 2012, The Criterion Collection released Lonesome on DVD and Blu-ray, with Fejos' 1929 films Broadway and The Last Performance as extra features.[4]


  1. ^ "2010 National Film Registry Announced: News Releases". Library of Congress. December 28, 2010.
  2. ^ "Lonesome (1928)". Criterion Collection.
  3. ^ "Alternate Versions for Lonesome (1928)".
  4. ^ "Lonesome". The Criterion Collection. Retrieved 2018-04-25.

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