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Romance of the Limberlost (1938)

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



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Eric Linden ...
Marjorie Main ...
Edward Pawley ...
Mrs. Parker
Sarah Padden ...
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Hollis Jewell ...
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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 <>

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16 June 1938 (USA)  »

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Amor dos Simples  »

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This one touches most of the melodrama bases.

Laurie (Jean Parker)lives in the Limberlost (swampy timberland found in the American south)with her Aunt Nora (Marjorie Main), who hates the girl because her mother married the man Nora had loved. Laurie's existence is much the same as a bonded servant and she gets no encouragement from her aunt as she tries to overcome her environment by studying. Laurie's only friends are the birds and animals of the forest, and a young boy named Chris (Hollis Jewell), a bound boy to Corson (Edward Pawley), a drunken, coarse bully who is the wealthiest man in the community. Laurie meets and falls in love with Wayne (Eric Linden)whose ambition is to become a lawyer.

In the meantime, Corson, a widower, decides he wants to marry again and bargains with Nora to get Laurie as his bride. He promises to support Nora for the rest of her life in style and wealth. Laurie agrees to the forced marriage because Nora threatens to involve her dead mother in a scandal. Chris, secretly in love with Laurie, threatens to kill Corson before he will let him marry Laurie.

On the night before the wedding, Chris follows Corson to the barn, with a gun, but the bully disarms him with a whip. Accidentally, Corson falls onto the gun which he has seized from Chris, and is killed.

Chris is charged with murder, and Wayne agrees to defend him.

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