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The Bronte Parsonage Museum has announced that it is attempting to trace a silent film version of Emily Bronte's classic novel Wuthering Heights which was made in 1920.

The 90-minute movie, which was filmed in the town of Haworth in West Yorkshire, UK, where the Bronte family grew up, is thought to be the first ever Bronte adaptation.

An album of photographs taken during the filming of the movie is currently being exhibited by the museum, although the location of film itself remains a mystery.

Made by the Soho-based Ideal Film Company, the production used four different actors to portray Heathcliff, including Milton Rosmer, one of the biggest movie stars of the time, and three actresses, including Anne Trevor, to play the novel's heroine Cathy.

The museum believes that the film may now be in private hands and it is appealing for anyone with knowledge of its whereabouts to come forward.

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