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SUNNY SOUTH FILM COMPANY
Founded 1914 by F L Lyndhurst and three comedians: Arthur Conquest (of the large acting family), Will Evans and George Graves. Productions are made at Shoreham Beach

Will Evans Harnessing a Horse (1913)—directed by Frank Wilson, featuring Arthur Conquest and Will Evans. Made for Hepworth, so possibly not shot at Shoreham.
Building a Chicken House (1913) 1,150ft—directed by F L Lyndhurst, featuring Arthur Conquest and Will Evans. Distributed by Walturdaw.
The Jockey (1913) 1,150ft—directed by F L Lyndhurst, featuring Arthur Conquest, Will Evans and George Graves. Distributed by Walturdaw.
Moving a Piano (1914) 1,150ft—directed by F L Lyndhurst, featuring Arthur Conquest and Will Evans. Distributed by Walturdaw.


The Showman's Dream (1914) 1,150ft—The picture shows Sunny South Film Company shooting The Showman's Dream in the open air at Shoreham Fort. Distributed by Walturdaw.
Tinture of Iron (1914) 1,150ft—directed by F L Lyndhurst, featuring Arthur Conquest, Distributed by Walturdaw.
Whitewashing the Ceiling (1914) 1,500ft—comedy directed by Will Day for Will Day Kinutilities, written and performed by Will Evans, also featuring Arthur Conquest.
Some Fun (1915)— 2,000ft—clown comedy directed and performed by Fred Evans and Will Evans for Comedy Combine and Sunny South
A Study in Skarlit (1915) 2,000ft—directed and performed by Fred Evans and Will Evans for Comedy Combine and Sunny South


SEALIGHT FILM COMPANY
Sunny South was taken over in 1915 by F L Lyndhurst and renamed. It operated until 1916.

A Man and a Woman (1916) 3,770ft, drama directed by F L Lyndhurst


OLYMPIC KINE TRADING COMPANY
This film renter, whose busienss was run from Motograph House, Upper St Martins Lane, London (later the headquarters of John Logie Baird's Television Ltd), bought the studio from Lyndhurst in 1916 but apparently made no films in Shoreham, perhaps due to wartime conditions. Perhaps the company thought of moving over into production but never made it.


PROGRESS FILM COMPANY
The company was founded in Manchester by Frank E Spring in 1918. It acquired the Shoreham Beach studios in the same year. Two films, Because and Democracy, were made in 1918 apparently before the move to Shoreham, where 17 productions were produced over the next four years. All films were distributed by Butcher's Film Service.

After Many Days (1919)
Cast: Irene Browne, Adeline Hayden Coffin, Bruce Gordon, Alice Russon
Written and directed by Sidney Morgan
Producer: Frank E Spring
35mm, 1,830m/6,000 ft, six reels.

All Men are Liars (1919)
Cast: Jessie Earle, Bruce Gordon, George Harrington, Alice Russon
Directed by Sidney Morgan from a novel by Joseph Hocking
Producer: Frank E Spring
35mm, 4,800 ft, five reels.

Sweet and Twenty (1919)
Cast: George Bellamy, Marguerite Blanche, Langhorne Burton, Nell Emerald, George Keene, Arthur Lennard
Written and directed by Sidney Morgan from a play by Basil Hood
Producer: Frank E Spring
35mm; 1,463m/4,800 ft, five reels.

The Black Sheep (1920)
Cast: Eva Balfour, George Bellamy, Marguerite Blanche, George Keene, Arthur Lennard
Written and directed by Sidney Morgan from a story by Ruby M Ayres
Producer: Frank E Spring
Shot at Shoreham; 5,000 ft, five reels.

By Berwin Banks (1920)
Cast: Langhorne Burton, J Denton-Thompson, Judd Green, Arthur Lennard, Charles Levy, Eileen Magrath, Charles W Somerset
Written by Hugh Croise from a novel by Allen Raine
Directed by Sidney Morgan
Camera: Stanley J Mumford
Shot at Shoreham; 4,900 ft, five reels.

The Children of Gibeon (1920)
Cast: Langhorne Burton, Charles Cullum, Alice De Winton, Arthur Lennard, Barbara McFarlane, Eileen Magrath, Joan Morgan
Written by Irene Miller from a novel by Walter Besant
Directed by Sidney Morgan
Producer: Frank E Spring
1,500m/5,000 ft, five reels

Lady Noggs: Peeress (1920)
Cast: George Bellamy, Yolande Duquette, Arthur Lennard, Joan Morgan, James Prior
Written by Cicely Harrington from a novel by Selwyn Jepson
Directed by Sidney Morgan
Shot at Shoreham; 1,500m/5,000 ft, five reels

Little DorritLittle Dorrit (1920)
Starring: Joan Morgan, Lady Maud Beerbohm Tree, Langhorne Burton Cast: George Bellamy, Compton Coutts, J Denton-Thompson, Betty Doyle, George Foley, Judd Green, Arthur Lennard, Mary Lyle, Arthur Walcott Written and directed by Sidney Morgan from the novel by Charles Dickens
Producer: Frank E Spring
Shot at Shoreham and the George Inn, Southwark; 6,858 ft, seven reels, 68 mins. A shortened (20 minute) 9.5mm version was released by Pathéscope Home Cinema in 1927.

A Man's Shadow (1920)
Cast: Langhorne Burton, J Denton-Thompson, Violet Graham, Arthur Lennard, Warris Linden, Gladys Mason, Sidney Paxton, Babs Ronald
Written by Robert Buchanan (from his play, adapted from the novel Roger la Honte by Jules Mary) and Sidney Morgan
Directed by Sidney Morgan
Producer: Frank E Spring
Shot at Shoreham; 35mm, 1,676m/5,447 ft, six reels

The Scarlet Wooing (1920)
Cast: Eva Balfour, George Bellamy, Nigel Black-Hawkins, Marguerite Blanche, Edward Godal, George Keene, Joan Morgan, Harry Newman, Arthur Walcott
Written and directed by Sidney Morgan
Camera: Stanley J Mumford
Producer: Frank E Spring
Shot at Shoreham; 35mm; 83 mins, 1,500m/5,000 ft, five reels.

Two Little Wooden Shoes (1920)
Starring: Joan Morgan, Langhorne Burton
Cast: Constance Backner, Faith Bevan, Maud Cressall, J Denton-Thompson, Ronald Power
Written and directed by Sidney Morgan from a story by Ouida
Shot at Shoreham; 35mm, 1,623m/5,275 ft; six reels

The Woman of the Iron Bracelets (1920)
Cast: Eva Balfour, George Bellamy, Marguerite Blanche, Alice De Winton, George Keene, Arthur Walcott
Written and directed by Sidney Morgan from a novel by Frank Barrett
Camera: Stanley J Mumford
Producer: Frank E Spring
Crime drama, shot at Shoreham; 35mm; 83 mins, 1,500m/5,000 ft, five reels.

A Lowland Cinderella (1921)
Starring: Joan Morgan
Cast: Mary Carnegie, Mavis Clair, Nell Emerald, George Foley, Ralph Forbes, Eileen Grace, Charles Levey, Kate Phillips, Cecil Susands, Frances Wetherall
Produced and directed by Sidney Morgan
Camera: Stanley J Mumford
Filmed around Shoreham and in the Metropole Hotel in Brighton as well as at the Shoreham Beach studio. Trade shown in December 1921, released 27 November 1922. 35mm, 1,615m/

The Mayor of Casterbridge (1921)
Starring: Fred Groves, Pauline Peters
Cast: Nell Emerald, Joan Morgan, Warwick Ward
Produced and directed by Sidney Morgan from the novel by Thomas Hardy
Producer: Frank E Spring
Camera: Stanley J Mumford
Partly filmed at the Shoreham Beach studio but mainly in Steyning, West Sussex, with other scenes in Dorchester, this 65-minute adaptation was made with the collaboration of the author, Thomas Hardy, himself.

Moth and Rust (1921)
Starring Sybil Thorndike
Cast: George Bellamy, Langhorne Burton, Phyllis Le Grand, Malvina Longfellow, Ellen Nicholls, Cyril Raymond, Malcolm Tod
Produced and directed by Sidney Morgan from a novel by Mary Cholmondeley
Camera: Stanley J Mumford
Shot at Shoreham; 4,796 ft, five reels.

Fires of Innocence (1922)
Starring: Joan Morgan
Cast: Bobby Andrews, Nell Emerald, Marie Illington, Arthur Lennard, Madge Tree
Written and directed by Sidney Morgan from a novel by George Stevenson
Producer: Frank E Spring
Shot at Shoreham; 35mm; 1,430m/4,648 ft, five reels

The Lilac Sunbonnet (1922)
Cast: Lewis Dayton, Nell Emerald, Forrester Harvey, Arthur Lennard, Charles Levey, Joan Morgan, Pauline Peters, A Harding Steerman, Warwick Ward
Written and directed by Sidney Morgan from a novel by S R Crockett
Producer: Frank E Spring
Shot at Shoreham; 35mm; 1,812m/5,889 ft; six reels


• After some of the studio facilities at Shoreham burnt down in 1922, Sidney Morgan (1874-1946) and Frank Spring went on to make films for Julius Hagen's Astra-National Productions. The Progress Film Company was closed
• Sidney Morgan played the part of Joxer Daly in Alfred Hitchcock's film of Juno and the Paycock (1930).
• Langhorne Burton (1872-1949) went on to star as Sexton Blake in a series of six silent two-reeler films made in 1928.
• Producer/director Walter West is claimed to have made two films at Shoreham in 1923, one of them Hornet's Nest, starring the American actress Florence Turner, but this has not been confirmed.
• Material pertaining to activity at Shoreham is contained in the West Sussex County Archive at Chichester.
• A videocassette, Silver Screen Silent Voices, presented by John Huntley, produced and distributed by Cinemedia in association with the South East Film and Video Archive, tells the story of film-making at Shoreham Beach 1914-1923. It includes extracts from A Lowland Cinderella.

• In 1958 Eros Films made Battle of the V1 at Shoreham Beach, turning the area into the Penemunde concentration camp and launch site for V1 missiles

 

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