Daily Mail (02/Jun/1927) - The Farmer's Wife
- article: The Farmer's Wife
- author(s): Iris Barry
- newspaper: Daily Mail (02/Jun/1927)
- keywords: Alfred Hitchcock, Eden Phillpotts, Elstree Studios, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, Noël Coward, The Farmer's Wife (1928), The Ring (1927)
"THE FARMER'S WIFE."
MR. PHILLPOTTS RE-SHAPING THE PLOT FOR THE FILM.
Speculation as to who will direct the British film to be made of "The Farmer's Wife," the play which ran for 1,329 performances at the Court Theatre, Sloane-square, S.W., ends with the news that Mr. Alfred Hitchcock will make the picture, probably as soon as he has finished his forthcoming production entitled, "The Ring," Both will be made at the new studios at Elstree, Hertfordshire,
As an indication of the interest that nearly all writers now take in film matters, it is noteworthy that Mr. Eden Phillpotts, who wrote the play, is said to be re-writing, re-shaping and expanding the plot of "The Farmer's Wife" himself, ready for the screen version.
In the past it has been no uncommon thing for authors to criticise filmmakers for "distorting" their plots : to-day most of them recognise that the plot of many novels and more plays requires pretty drastic alteration before either can provide a workmanlike film-play.
Mr. Noel Coward has consented to a very free and truly bowdlerised version of "The Vortex" being used for the film of that name which Mr. Adrian Brunei has just begun to direct.