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Tess of the Storm Country (1914)

A wealthy resident attempts to dispossess squatters who live near his home, which leads to a false accusation of murder.

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Cast overview:
Mary Pickford ... Tessibel Skinner
Harold Lockwood ... Frederick Graves
Olive Carey ... Teola Graves (as Olive Golden)
David Hartford ... Daddy Skinner
Louise Dunlap Louise Dunlap ... Old Mother Moll
William Walters William Walters ... Elias Graves (as W.R. Walters)
Richard Garrick ... Ben Letts
Eugene Walter Eugene Walter ... Ezra Longman
Jack Henry Jack Henry ... Dan Jordan
H.R. Macy H.R. Macy ... DeForrest Young, Attorney at Law
H.L. Griffith H.L. Griffith ... Old Longman
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Tessibel Skinner, a wild, motherless little elf, lives with her father in a rude but on the shore of Cayuga Lake. On account of the sudden and regular squalls on the lake, the vicinity is called the "Storm Country," while the poor and ignorant fisher-folk thereabout are generally known as "squatters." Tess is one of these people, and adores her uncouth father, who lives by poaching and the illegal netting of fish. One day he is found near the body of a murdered gamekeeper, with a rifle close by, containing one empty chamber. Skinner is accused of the murder and convicted on circumstantial evidence. Tess is frantic with grief and anxiety, but Frederick Graves, a handsome theological student, and his sister, Teola, befriend Tess. Frederick tells her of God, of whom she has never heard, and His written word, the Bible, and bids her pray and have faith. Tess steals a Bible from the Mission Church, painfully spells out the lessons taught her by Frederick, and the untutored girl's faith ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 March 1914 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La madonnina del porto See more »

Filming Locations:

Del Mar, California, USA See more »

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$10,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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Tess of the Storm Country was remade in 1922 with Mary Pickford reprising her role as Tess for the remake. See more »

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Mary Pickford, the First Time Around
4 February 2016 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

A wealthy resident attempts to dispossess squatters who live near his home, which leads to a false accusation of murder.

The film starred Mary Pickford, in a role she would reprise eight years later for the 1922 adaptation by John S. Robertson. Now, that in itself is rather interesting. It was not unusual in the early days of Hollywood to make a film and then make it again a few years later, sometimes using the same cast. Today we get upset when a film is remade that fast, but it sort of made sense at the time because technology was improving so quickly.

The strangest thing is that the remake is the better-known film, but this one is the one preserved as historically and culturally important. It seems like the one that more people had seen would have a bigger impact.


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