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Romance of the Limberlost (1938)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 16 June 1938 (USA)
One little correction -- the Limberlost is in Indiana, rather than in the south.

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Laurie
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Wayne
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Nora
Edward Pawley ...
Corson
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Mrs. Parker
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Sarah
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Nathan
Hollis Jewell ...
Chris
Guy Usher ...
Judge
Jean O'Neill ...
Ruth
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Fair Barker
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Jones
Jack Kennedy ...
Abner
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An orphaned girl is being raised in the Limberlost (timbered swamp in the American south)by her aunt, who hates her because the girl's mother married the man that the aunt loved. The girl's existence is close to being servitude bondage, and her only companions are the birds and the animals of the forest. She meets and falls in love with a young man whose ambition is to be a lawyer. But her aunt is arranging for her to be married to the wealthiest man in the Limberlost, a drunken, coarse bully. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Dulce evocación  »

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This film received its first telecast Friday 12 December 1941 on New York City's pioneer commercial television station WNBT (Channel 1). On the East Coast, Post-WWII television viewers got their first look at it Friday 28 May 1948 on WATV (Channel 13) and Thursday 12 August 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2); on the West Coast it was first shown in Los Angeles, 7 August 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5). See more »

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A very enjoyable melodrama
4 June 2012 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

A young girl Laurie lives a life of misery with her cruel aunt in a small swamp village. The wealthiest man in the area makes a pact with the aunt so that he can take the girl's hand in marriage. This man is a drunken bully and old enough to be her father, so this is a pretty horrendous turn of events. Laurie has to rely on a few good souls to help her escape from this dreadful fate.

Romance of the Limberlost is a very enjoyable melodrama. Its success is down to a simple but engaging story with good characterisation and a likable heroine. You really care for her predicament and this is ultimately what makes the film work. It's a feel-good romance at the end of the day. It also has a sweet scene in the forest where Laurie interacts with a selection of wild animals. It's a slightly surreal moment that adds a nice touch of the fantastic to proceedings.

This is a very obscure film but it really shouldn't be. It's one of the better poverty row dramas that I have seen and is very accessible. It deserves a wider audience.


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