Little-known fact about Jane #9

The first filmed adaptation of a Jane Austen novel came with Emma in 1937, starring the young Margaret Rutherford as Emma and Charles Laughton as Mr Knightley. This adaptation did not escape the censors: a 10-second sequence in which an incautious Harriet, attending a ball at Donwell Abbey, performs a suggestive lap dance for Robert Martin, has only recently been reinstated.
By Craig Brown The Telegraph 26/01/2008


  1. A lap dance in a JA movie, who would have thought it possible.

  2. Can we locate that footage? Or even the original film?


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