Silent cinema

Nell Gwyn

+ intro by BFI Curator Bryony Dixon

A delicious regal romp starring the other Gish sister, Dorothy.

Image from Nell Gwyn + intro by BFI Curator Bryony Dixon

UK 1926
Dir Herbert Wilcox
With Dorothy Gish, Randle Ayrton, Juliette Compton, Sydney Fairbrother
93min
35mm
With live piano accompaniment

This delicious romp from the reign of the Merry Monarch was a vehicle for the talents of the other Gish sister, Dorothy, on a four-picture loan to British producer-director Herbert Wilcox. It’s the well-known tale of Drury Lane orange seller Nell Gwyn’s rise to be the mistress of Charles II – and she’s all see-through dresses and ribbons! Truly, a Gish fit for a king!