Linda, a tender, romantic girl, is forced by her brutal father to marry Decker, an elderly lumberman who quickly realizes that Linda is not happy with him and does everything he can to make her life easier. Linda falls in love with Dr. Randall but remains with her husband until a scheming woman steps in and claims to be Decker's first and legal wife. Linda then goes to the city to live with her former schoolteacher and again meets Dr. Randall, but must leave him to return north and care for Decker, who has been hurt in a lumbering accident. Learning that the woman claiming to be Decker's wife is a fraud, Linda gallantly sticks with her husband until he finally dies from his injuries. Linda and the good doctor are then free to find happiness with each other. Written by
... and nobody went to jail. Linda, (Helen Foster) who is obviously a minor, marries Decker (Noah Beery), who apparently doesn't care how old she is, in a backwoods ceremony. No laws concerning minors are in evidence in these parts. She is from a home run by a domineering father and there is no room for love and happiness. By a stroke of luck, Decker worships her and treats her right, but she has met Warner Baxter and feels for him in a way unlike her feeling for Decker. She runs away and leaves Decker for a big city, for an education cut short by her marriage, and, you won't guess, but her teacher is a friend to the kindly doctor (Baxter).
There is too much artifice and contrivance in the story and it is a pedestrian drama to begin with. No new ground is broken as it is a ponderous, somewhat familiar tale. For our intents and purposes it is overrated despite the above reviews. A saving grace, though, is a remarkably sensitive performance by Noah Beery as Linda's adoring husband. The end of the picture can only be described as a typically 'Hollywood' ending. A note of interest; Bess Flowers plays Linda's teacher. As far as is known, she is number one in Hollywood with 881 film credits, but on many of them she is listed as 'party guest' or a similar label. "Linda" played at Capitolfest, Rome N.Y., 8/12/16.
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