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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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Edward Pawley ...
Mrs. Parker
Hollis Jewell ...
Guy Usher ...
Jean O'Neill ...
Budd Buster ...
Fair Barker
Jack Kennedy ...


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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16 June 1938 (USA)  »

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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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Marjorie Main Steals the Film
8 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Having seen and loved THE KEEPER OF THE BEES, I was happy to find another filmed version of a Gene Stratton-Porter story.

This story centers of a young girl named Laurie (Jean Parker), raised in the limberlost (timbered swamp land in Indiana) by her bitter aunt (Marjorie Main). It seems Laurie's mother married the man the aunt wanted for herself.

Laurie is a dreamy young lady who collects butterflies, reads books, and dreams of going to the city. One day she means a city lady lost in the swamp (Betty Blythe) and they become friends. She also meets a young man (Eric Linden) who has just graduated from law school.

The local thug is also the area's richest man (Edward Pawley) who has his eye on Laurie since his wife is dead. He persuades the aunt to let him marry the girl by promising her money and clearing the mortgage debt on her shack. But Laurie has seen him beat a poor orphan boy he took in to work around his place. And she has fallen for the young lawyer.

The aunt prevails by telling Laurie that her parents were never married and that the mother killed herself. She'll tell everyone if she doesn't marry the old man.

At the joyless wedding, the townspeople stand around like statues because they are appalled the aunt has forced the girl into marriage with the brute. But the orphan boy changes everything when he threatens to shoot the old man.

This is a low budget film from Monogram studio with lots of outside filming. Parker and Linden are excellent as the young couple. Former silent star, Betty Blythe, is warm as the caring lady. Pawley is appropriately snarky as the brute. Also good are Hollis Jewell as the orphan and George Cleveland and Sarah Padden as the store owners. But it's Marjorie Main as the grim aunt who turns in a great performance. There's not a whisper of humor in her Aunt Nora.

Very enjoyable film with a good story and a solid cast.

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