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Under the Greenwood Tree (1918 film)

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Under the Greenwood Tree
Under the Greenwood Tree (1918) - 1.jpg
Film still
Directed byEmile Chautard
Produced byFamous Players-Lasky
Written byAdrian Gil-Spear (scenario)
Based onUnder the Greenwood Tree
by Henry V. Esmond
StarringElsie Ferguson
Eugene O'Brien
CinematographyJacques Bizeul (fr)
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • December 8, 1918 (1918-12-08)
Running time
50+ minutes at 5 reels (4,543 ft)
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Under the Greenwood Tree is a 1918 American silent drama film directed by Emile Chautard and starring Elsie Ferguson. The movie was based on a play by Henry V. Esmond.[1] An unrelated British film with this title based on the Thomas Hardy novel Under the Greenwood Tree was made in 1929.[2] The film possibly has a scene where Ferguson swims in the nude in a pond.[3] The title refers to a line in William Shakespeare's play As You Like It (Act II, Scene V). It is classified as being a lost film.[4]


Mary Hamilton an heiress tires of fortune hunting men and takes her secretary Peggy to join a group of gypsies undercover. As the women head into the woods Sir Kenneth one of Mary's close male friends follows them dressed as a gypsy. Jack Hutton a wealthy landowner wants the gypsies off his land and has Sir Kenneth jailed. Hutton then seeks out Mary's camp, not knowing her true identity, and wants her thrown off the land as well but then catches her swimming in a moonlit pond. Hutton falls in love with Mary and Mary asks him to dine. When Hutton leaves a band of gypsies attacks Mary's wagon and tie her up. Jack then tries to rescue Mary but is beaten by the gypsies. Sir Kenneth has by then been released from jail and arrives with Peggy, the two of them are now in love. After they cut Mary loose, Sir Kenneth and Peggy head off to be married leaving Mary to care for Hutton. As Hutton recuperates Mary tells him the truth that she is an heiress and not a gypsy as she had led Hutton to believe. They are later married.[5]

The poor in the film, as represented by the lazy gypsies who rob Mary, do not compare well to the heroic but naive members of the upper class.[6]



  1. ^ Under the Greenwood Tree as produced on Broadway at the Maxine Elliott Theatre, December 25, 1907 - February 1908, 44 performances;
  2. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: Under the Greenwood Tree at
  3. ^ American Film Institute Catalogue 1911-1920
  4. ^ The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: Under the Greenwood Tree
  5. ^ American Film Institute Catalogue synopsis(Wayback)
  6. ^ Langman, Larry (1998), American Film Cycles: The Silent Era, West Port, Connecticut: Greenwood Publishing Group, p. 154, ISBN 0-313-30657-5

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