The American Prisoner (film)

The American Prisoner is a 1930 British drama film directed by Thomas Bentley and starring Carl Brisson, Madeleine Carroll and Cecil Barry.[1] It was adapted from the 1904 novel The American Prisoner by Eden Phillpotts. It was originally conceived as a silent film, but was converted into a Talkie in line with widespread practice at British International Pictures during 1928-1929.[2]

The American Prisoner
Directed byThomas Bentley
Written byEden Phillpotts (novel)
Eliot Stannard
Garnett Weston
StarringCarl Brisson
Madeleine Carroll
Cecil Barry
Carl Harbord
Music byJohn Reynders
Jules Sylvain
CinematographyRené Guissart
Edited bySam Simmonds
Distributed byWardour Films
Release date
Running time
76 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


An American sailor imprisoned on Dartmoor during the American War of Independence manages to escape and fall in love with a local Squire's daughter.



  1. ^ The American Prisoner British Film Institute. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  2. ^ Low p.117


  • Low, Rachael. The History of the British Film 1929-1939: Film Making in 1930s Britain. George Allen & Unwin, 1985.

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