Stalwart Appalachian woman finds romance as she struggles to better herself and her people amid prejudice and familial abuse.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Brent ...
Paul Cameron
Josephine Hutchinson ...
Ruth Harkins
Doctor John Aloysius Barnard
Mona Barrie ...
Evelyn Wayne
Robert Barrat ...
Jeff Harkins
Joe King ...
Judge at Ruth's Trial (as Joseph King)
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


Stalwart Appalachian woman finds romance as she struggles to better herself and her people amid prejudice and familial abuse.

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Drama | Romance






Release Date:

24 April 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gesetz der Berge  »

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


Speaking of the Weather
Music by Harold Arlen
Played by the dance band
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Intense and Interesting
19 January 2010 | by (Los Angeles, USA) – See all my reviews

In spite of its faults, I was really impressed by this movie. Warner made a number of social justice flicks during the thirties, and I thought this was one of the best. Strong performances, tight script and lots of action.

Some people have complained about certain plot points, and it's true that the writers could have made things more believable. And while some of the mountain folk are portrayed sympathetically, over all the script does not paint a flattering picture of the townspeople. My biggest problem with the script is the ending. For most of the film the main character is determined to become a nurse so that she can help her community. At the end she decides to dump all that and become a housewife. I didn't buy it.

Still, this movie really pulled me in, and the tension keeps building right up to the climax. Writers Norman Reilly Raine and Luci Ward do a good job with the characters and situations. Josephine Hutchinson is excellent, and most of the cast is strong. Michael Curtiz keeps the pace brisk. The scenes where the young woman confronts her father are intense and harrowing. I think this movie is one of Curtiz' high points from the thirties, and it's a shame it's not better known.

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