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The Wind (1928)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, Western | 23 November 1928 (USA)
A frail young woman from the east moves in with her cousin in the west, where she causes tension within the family and is slowly driven mad.


(as Victor Seastrom)


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Complete credited cast:
Lars Hanson ...
Dorothy Cumming ...
William Orlamond ...
Cora's Child
Leon Janney ...
Cora's Child (as Laon Ramon)
Billy Kent Schaefer ...
Cora's Child


Innocent and naive Letty Mason moves from her Virginia home to Sweet Water on the western prairies to live on the ranch of her cousin Beverly, his wife Cora and their three children. Letty quickly learns how inhospitable the environment in Sweet Water is, the most obvious item being the incessant wind. But equally inhospitable are the unrefined way the people in Sweet Water live to which she is unaccustomed, and Cora, who believes Letty has come to steal Beverly away from her. As such, Cora orders Letty out of her and Bev's house. With no money, Letty is forced to accept one of the marriage proposal she receives, the lesser evil being that from Bev and Cora's ranching neighbor, Lige Hightower, a man who she does not love. Despite a less than harmonious start, Letty, in part due to her isolation as she is more often than not forced to stay inside due to the wind, begins to have affection for Lige, who wants to do right by her, and who promises to send her back to Virginia when he is ... Written by Huggo

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Another MGM Silent Classic
1 September 2000 | by (PA) – See all my reviews

Peculiar, but brilliantly filmed silent classic starring Gish as a young woman who battles for her life as she lives in the windy Texas desert, and is torn between two men who want her. Special effects are quite breathtaking for its time and since it was filmed in the scorching Mojave Desert in California.

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