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Mountain Justice (1937)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  24 April 1937 (USA)
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Stalwart Appalachian woman finds romance as she struggles to better herself and her people amid prejudice and familial abuse.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Brent ...
Paul Cameron
Josephine Hutchinson ...
Ruth Harkins
Guy Kibbee ...
Doctor John Aloysius Barnard
Mona Barrie ...
Evelyn Wayne
Robert Barrat ...
Jeff Harkins
Joe King ...
Judge at Ruth's Trial (as Joseph King)
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Phoebe Lamb
Robert McWade ...
Lawyer Horace Bamber
Fuzzy Knight ...
Clem Biggers
Edward Pawley ...
Tod Miller
Elisabeth Risdon ...
Meg Harkins (as Elizabeth Risdon)
Marcia Mae Jones ...
Bethie Harkins
Granville Bates ...
Judge Crawley at Jeff's Trial
Russell Simpson ...
Mr. Matthew Turnbull
Sibyl Harris ...
Mrs. Turnbull
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Stalwart Appalachian woman finds romance as she struggles to better herself and her people amid prejudice and familial abuse.

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Contemporary sources suggest the film was based on a real murder case where a woman killed her own father. See more »

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Speaking of the Weather
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Music by Harold Arlen
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Mountain Melodrama
15 December 2013 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

"Even in this age of advanced civilization there are still many communities which cling grimly to the stern, unbending principals of our ancestors. And sometimes the defiance of Youth against implacable tribal laws results in tragedy," according to the forward...

Our heroine is attractive young nursing school student Josephine Hutchinson (as Ruth Harkins). She would like to start a clinic in her backwoods mountain community, with sympathetic doctor Guy Kibbee (as John "Doc" Barnard), but the endeavor is forbidden by Ms. Hutchinson's ignorant and fundamentalist father Robert Barrat (as Jeff Harkins). When a carnival passes through town, Hutchinson meets New York lawyer George Brent (as Paul Cameron), who is in town to prosecute Mr. Barrat for shooting a surveyor. Hutchinson and Mr. Brent are mutually attracted, but Mr. Barrat forbids marriage...

As the brutal, whip-wielding father, Barrat's performance is the one to watch. His wife and daughter, former British "silent film" star Elisabeth Risdon (as Meg) and veteran child actress Marcia Mae Jones (as Bethie) are exceptionally well cast. Also interesting is the long-time unmarried relationship formed by Mr. Kibbee and the inimitable Margaret Hamilton (as Phoebe Lamb). "Mountain Justice" is heightened to the point of no return, but it's certainly interesting. The production is artful, with notable work from director Michael Curtiz and (black-and-white) photographer Ernest "Ernie" Haller. Their work would look better if some of the melodramatics had been toned town, however.

****** Mountain Justice (4/24/37) Michael Curtiz ~ Josephine Hutchinson, George Brent, Robert Barrat, Marcia Mae Jones


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