Hindle Wakes (1918 film)

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Hindle Wakes
Directed by Maurice Elvey
Produced by William Baker
Written by Eliot Stannard
Stanley Houghton
Starring Colette O'Niel
Hayford Hobbs
Diamond / Super
Release dates
  • January 1918 (1918-01)
Country United Kingdom
Language Silent film
English intertitles

Hindle Wakes is a 1918 British silent film drama, directed by Maurice Elvey and starring Colette O'Niel and Hayford Hobbs. It is the first of four screen versions of the celebrated and controversial 1912 play by Stanley Houghton, which was a sensation in its time for its daring assertions that a woman could enjoy a sexual fling just as much as a man, without feeling any guilt or obligation to explain herself, and that she was perfectly capable of making her own life decisions without interference from family or the need to bow to social pressures.

Elvey was reported to be unsatisfied with the way the film turned out and, believing he could do better, directed a remake in 1927, producing what is now regarded as a classic of British silent cinema.


  • Colette O'Niel as Fanny Hawthorne
  • Hayford Hobbs as Alan Jeffcote
  • Norman McKinnel as Nat Jeffcote
  • Edward O'Neill as Chris Hawthorne
  • Ada King as Mrs. Hawthorne
  • Margaret Bannerman as Beatrice Farrar
  • Frank Dane as Sir Timothy Farrar
  • Dolly Tree as Mary Hollins

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