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Way Down East (1935)

A family living on a farm in Maine takes in a young woman to stay with them, not knowing that the woman is not quite what she seems and has a secret in her past that she hasn't told them about.

Director:

Henry King

Writers:

Howard Estabrook (screen play), William Hurlbut (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rochelle Hudson ... Anna Moore
Henry Fonda ... David Bartlett
Slim Summerville ... Constable Seth Holcomb
Edward Trevor Edward Trevor ... Lennox Sanderson
Margaret Hamilton ... Martha Perkins
Russell Simpson ... Squire Amasa Bartlett
Andy Devine ... Hi Holler
Spring Byington ... Mrs. Louisa Bartlett
Astrid Allwyn ... Kate
Sara Haden ... Cordelia Peabody
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Amos
Al Lydell Al Lydell ... Hank Woolwine
Harry C. Bradley ... Mr. Peabody
Phil La Toska Phil La Toska ... Abner
Clem Bevans ... Doc Wiggin
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A family living on a farm in Maine takes in a young woman to stay with them, not knowing that the woman is not quite what she seems and has a secret in her past that she hasn't told them about.

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A travers l'orage See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Mrs. Louisa Bartlett: What did Doctor
[couldn't make out name]
Mrs. Louisa Bartlett: preach about?
Squire Amasa Bartlett: Sin.
Mrs. Louisa Bartlett: What did he say?
Squire Amasa Bartlett: He's against it.
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Featured in The Fortunate Pilgrim (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Road to Belden
(uncredited)
Written by Hugo Friedhofer
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Ahead of its time in attitudes towards unmarried mothers, exciting, too!
25 December 1999 | by michaela-5See all my reviews

Interesting character studies of a Maine farm family and the young woman they take in without knowing her background. The villian of the piece is from the upper classes, although not without some redeeming characteristics. The movie's climax is set on ice flows on a raging river and had me totally caught up in the action (felt pretty cold, too!) A good chance to see Henry Fonda before he had fully settled into his familiar persona.


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