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Tess of the d'Urbervilles (1924)




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This dramatic tragedy is taken from the famous novel by Thomas Hardy. Tess (Blanche Sweet) is the young daughter of a drunken aristocrat whose reputation is ruined by a lecherous nobleman. Her baby dies soon after it is born, and the man she loves abandons her when he learns of her sordid past. Conrad Nagel, Joseph J. Dowling, and Stuart Holmes co-star with George Fawcett, Victoria Bateman, and Coutenay Foote in this gripping drama filmed on location in Wessex and Dorsetshire in England.


Blanche Sweet
as Tess Durbeyfield
Conrad Nagel
as Angel Clare
Stuart Holmes
as Alec D'Urberville
George Fawcett
as John Durbeyfield
Victory Bateman
as Joan Durbeyfield
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Critic Reviews for Tess of the d'Urbervilles

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

Tess now rides in motor-cars, rings up on the telephone, and wears expensive gowns at night club... as a result, the story is ruined.

July 19, 2020 | Full Review…

[The novel is] a sombre and rather powerful piece of writing. But having been stripped of its literary trappings and made Into a moving picture scenario for the multitude, it glares forth now as, old-fashioned and highly overwrought melodrama.

July 19, 2020 | Full Review…

It should have made an excellent movie. The story is there, the atmosphere is ideal for settings, and the role for a dramatic actress has never been surpassed. But here it is only fair.

July 17, 2020 | Full Review…

The superlatively fine acting of Blanche Sweet, the polished direction of Neilan and exquisite photography displaying English landscape at its loveliest save the production from entering the lists of sordid melodramas.

July 17, 2020 | Full Review…

Marshall Neilan is at his best in his direction of Tess of the D'Urbervilles. It is a remarkably fine piece of work on his part, and if the results are not all so good as they should be, the blame is not attributable to him.

October 7, 2021 | Full Review…

Between the shadow of the censors and the changed viewpoint of today, this sombre Thomas Hardy novel has reached the screen minus most of its vitality.

July 28, 2020 | Full Review…

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