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Tess of the Storm Country (1922)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 12 November 1922 (USA)
Wealthy Elias Graves builds his home on the top of a hill, where a group of squatters have taken up residence at the bottom. Many of the men in the squatters' village have their eyes on ... See full summary »


John S. Robertson (as John Robertson)


Grace Miller White (by), E. Lloyd Sheldon (scenario) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Mary Pickford ... Tessibel 'Tess' Skinner
Lloyd Hughes ... Frederick Graves
Gloria Hope Gloria Hope ... Teola Graves
David Torrence ... Elias Graves
Forrest Robinson Forrest Robinson ... Orn 'Daddy' Skinner
Jean Hersholt ... Ben Letts
Danny Hoy ... Ezra Longman
Robert Russell Robert Russell ... Mr. Daniel 'Dan' Jordan
Gus Saville Gus Saville ... Old Man Longman
Madame De Bodamere Madame De Bodamere ... Mrs. Longman


Wealthy Elias Graves builds his home on the top of a hill, where a group of squatters have taken up residence at the bottom. Many of the men in the squatters' village have their eyes on young Tess, and one of them, Ben Letts, frames Tess's father for murder. While maintaining her father's innocence, Tess must keep her love for Graves' son a secret, while caring for Elias' daughter's illegitamate child. Written by Jonathan Ruskin <JonRuskin@aol.com>

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MARY PICKFORD...with the sunny curls and tawdry tatters, the roguish smile, quaint impudence and splendid faith of the inimitable Tess. (Print Ad- Sunday Oregonian, ((Portland Ore.)) 31 December 1922) See more »


Drama | Romance


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Alternate Versions

In 1998, The Mary Pickford Foundation copyrighted a 118-minute sound version produced by Timeline Films and Milestone Film & Video. The music score was written by Jeffrey Mark Silverman, orchestrated by Miriam Mayer and performed by Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, Hugh Munro Neely conducting. See more »


Referenced in Miss Match: Addicted to Love (2003) See more »

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Mary Pickford at Her Very Best
1 June 2009 | by HarlowMGMSee all my reviews

TESS OF THE STORM COUNTRY is possibly the best movie of all of Mary Pickford's films. At two hours, it was quite long for a 1922 silent film yet continues to hold your interest some 80 years after it was filmed. Mary gives one of her finest performances at times the role seems like a "greatest hits" performance with bits of Mary the innocent, Mary the little devil, Mary the little mother, Mary the spitfire, Mary the romantic heroine, etc. characteristics that often were used throughout a single film in the past. The movie is surprisingly frank about one supporting character's illegitimate child for 1922 and at one point our Little Mary is thought the unwed mother in question! If the Academy Awards had been around in 1922, no doubt the Best Actress Oscar for the year would have been Mary's.

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None | English

Release Date:

12 November 1922 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fiskertøsen See more »


Box Office


$400,000 (estimated)
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Mary Pickford Company See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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