The Colleen Bawn (1911 American film)

The Colleen Bawn is a silent 1911 American romantic drama film based on the 1860 play of the same name. A secret marriage leads to murder. It and the play are based on the actual 1819 murder of 15-year-old Ellen Scanlan.

The Colleen Bawn
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J.¨P. McGowan (left) and Sidney Olcott.
Directed bySidney Olcott
Written byGene Gauntier
Based onplay The Colleen Bawn
by Dion Boucicault
StarringGene Gauntier
J. P. McGowan
Sidney Olcott
CinematographyGeorge K. Hollister
Release date
  • October 16, 1911 (1911-10-16)
Running time
Three reels[1]
CountryUnited States

Prints of this film survive in the National Archives of Canada, and the George Eastman House Motion Picture Collection has one reel.[1]



The film was shot in Beaufort, County Kerry, Ireland, during the summer of 1911.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "The Colleen Bawn". Retrieved May 22, 2014.

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