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A frail young woman from the east moves in with her cousin in the west, where she causes tension within the family and is slowly driven mad.

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Letty Mason
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Lige
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Wirt Roddy
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Cora
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Beverly
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Sourdough
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Cora's Child
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Cora's Child (as Laon Ramon)
Billy Kent Schaefer ...
Cora's Child
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Vaquero (uncredited)
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Man at the Shindig (uncredited)
Cullen Johnson ...
Little Boy (uncredited)
Seessel Anne Johnson ...
Little Girl (uncredited)
Gus Leonard ...
Old Man at Dance Hall (uncredited)
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Townswoman at Shindig (uncredited)

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Victor Sjöström ... (as Victor Seastrom)

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Frances Marion ... (scenario)
 
Dorothy Scarborough ... (from the novel by)

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Kevin Brownlow ... producer
David Gill ... producer

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Carl Davis
William Axt ... (uncredited)

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John Arnold ... (photographed by)

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Conrad A. Nervig ... film editor

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André-ani ... (wardrobe by)

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Liz Sutherland ... production manager

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Harold S. Bucquet ... assistant director

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Cedric Gibbons ... settings
Edward Withers ... settings

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Richard Bradford ... sound supervisor
Mike Fairbairn ... dubbing assistant

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Milton Brown ... chief still photographer (uncredited)

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Carl Davis ... conductor
Erich Gruenberg ... orchestra leader: The Themes Silents Orchestra
Colin Matthews ... orchestrator
David Matthews ... orchestrator
David Mendoza ... conductor (uncredited)
Fritz Stahlberg ... composer: additional music (uncredited)

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John Colton ... titles by
Ruth Newmark ... production assistant
Una Merkel ... stand-in: Lillian Gish (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

Innocent and naive Letty Mason moves from her Virginia home to Sweet Water on the western prairies to live on the ranch of her cousin Beverly, his wife Cora and their three children. Letty quickly learns how inhospitable the environment in Sweet Water is, the most obvious item being the incessant wind. But equally inhospitable are the unrefined way the people in Sweet Water live to which she is unaccustomed, and Cora, who believes Letty has come to steal Beverly away from her. As such, Cora orders Letty out of her and Bev's house. With no money, Letty is forced to accept one of the marriage proposal she receives, the lesser evil being that from Bev and Cora's ranching neighbor, Lige Hightower, a man who she does not love. Despite a less than harmonious start, Letty, in part due to her isolation as she is more often than not forced to stay inside due to the wind, begins to have affection for Lige, who wants to do right by her, and who promises to send her back to Virginia when he is financial able. But a visitor who takes refuge in their house away from the wind may threaten Letty's ultimate happiness. Written by Huggo

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Taglines A TORNADO OF HUMAN EMOTIONS.-prevail in this gripping drama of the cyclone-swept Texan Desert- this emotional story of a girl who did not know of hardships and evil men- of stark drama, soul searing sacrifice and breath-catching romance- See LILLIAN GISH in "THE WIND" (Print Ad- Franklin Times, ((Pukekohe, NZ)) 24 July 1929) See more »
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Also Known As
  • Le vent (France)
  • Stürme (Germany)
  • Der Wind (Germany)
  • El viento (Spain)
  • El vent (Spain, Catalan title)
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  • 95 min
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Trivia While Lillian Gish claimed that a tragic ending was filmed and a happy ending was substituted at the insistence of MGM executives, the original shooting scripts reveal that the happy ending was intended from the beginning. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Une histoire seule (1989). See more »
Soundtracks A Cowboy's Lament/Streets of Laredo See more »
Quotes Letty Mason: -and for a moment I thought they were serious!
Cora: You're goin' to take one of 'em serious! You don't think I ain't seen through your tricks, Miss Sly Boots! You love Beverly-but you'll never get him away from me-he's mine! What's more-you're gettin' out o' our house-and gettin' out quick! I'd like to kill you!
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