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A Girl of the Limberlost (1934)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 15 October 1934 (USA)
Elnora Comstock is the badly abused daughter of Katherine Comstock, who blames her because her father was drowned while on the way home the night she was born. She finds her comfort with ... See full summary »

Director:

Christy Cabanne

Writers:

Gene Stratton-Porter (novel), Adele Comandini (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Louise Dresser ... Katherine Comstock
Marian Marsh ... Elnora Comstock
Ralph Morgan ... Wesley Sinton
Helen Jerome Eddy ... Margaret Sinton
Edward J. Nugent ... Phillip Ammon (as Edward Nugent)
Henry B. Walthall ... Dr. Amon
Betty Blythe ... Mrs. Parker
Robert Ellis ... Frank Comstock
Barbara Bedford ... Elvira Carney
Gigi Parrish Gigi Parrish ... Edith Carr (as Gi-Gi Parrish)
Tommy Bupp ... Billy
Syd Saylor ... Pete Carson (as Sid Saylor)
Fern Emmett ... Ann
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Elnora Comstock is the badly abused daughter of Katherine Comstock, who blames her because her father was drowned while on the way home the night she was born. She finds her comfort with Margaret and Westley Sinton, a childless neighboring couple, who help her with her school costs, as does the wealthy Mrs. Parker, who takes an interest in the talented young girl. She meets and falls in love with Phillip Ammon, the nephew of Dr. Ammon, but learns that he is already engaged. The money that Elnora has saved for her college education is stolen, and when Mrs. Comstock goes to retrieve it from a suspect, she also learns of the duplicity of her husband, who had been courting a neighboring woman on the night he drowned. She begs forgiveness of Elnora, and the romance of Elnora and Phillip also begins to flourish. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A Story That Has Touched the Heart of Every SIngle One of its Millions and Millions of Readers. Within a pen dipped deep into the ink of human understanding, it relates in a simple yet understanding manner the romance of a young country girl who struggled against hardship and hatred to win her rightful share of the better things in life. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La casa senza amore See more »

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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The First Talkie Version is a Good One
5 March 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

There is a staccato pace to the editing of this movie that gives this first talkie version of Gene Stratton-Porter's 1909 novel an episodic quality. It begins with Marian Marsh anxious to enter high school and get an education, but her mother, Louise Dresser, hates her, because her father drowned the night of her birth. Only her aunt, Helen Jerome Eddy, and uncle, Ralph Morgan, are anxious to help her, but her sweet nature wins over a bevy of admirers, many of them silent film actors, ready to please fans of old movies: Betty Blythe, as "The Bird Lady" -- a stand-in for Mrs. Stratton-Porter -- who becomes her best friend; Henry B. Walthall, as the kindly local doctor; Baby Peggy, as a schoolmate; and Syd Saylor as a local hard case.

The real issues of abuse, poverty and, indeed, nature conservancy that run through the original novel are muted in director Christy Cabanne's handling of the material under the newly enforced Production Code, but the performances are all telling. Indeed, Ralph Morgan may never have given a better one. The material may strike the modern viewer as old-fashioned and sentimental, but the issues that underlie the movie remain real, and its messages of triumph and redemption, rather than punishment, is one I applaud.


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