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God's Country and the Woman (1937)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 16 January 1937 (USA)
Jefferson Russett runs a logging company; his brother, Steve, is the prodigal son. Jeff cuts off his allowance and puts him to work, but on his first day, he is tricked into signing a ... See full summary »


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James Oliver Curwood (based upon the novel by), Norman Reilly Raine (screen play) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Brent ... Steve Russett
Beverly Roberts ... Jo Barton
Barton MacLane ... Bullhead
Robert Barrat ... Jefferson Russett
Alan Hale ... Bjorn Skalka (as Allan Hale)
Joe King ... Red Munro (as Joseph King)
El Brendel ... Ole Olson
Addison Richards ... Gaskett
Roscoe Ates ... Gander Hopkins
Billy Bevan ... Plug Hat
Joseph Crehan ... Jordan
Bert Roach ... Kewpie
Victor Potel ... Turpentine (as Vic Potel)
Mary Treen ... Miss Flint
Herbert Rawlinson ... Doyle


Jefferson Russett runs a logging company; his brother, Steve, is the prodigal son. Jeff cuts off his allowance and puts him to work, but on his first day, he is tricked into signing a contract allowing arch-rivals Barton Logging to use Russett railways. Jeff hauls Steve up to the logging camp, but he steals a plane. It runs out of gas in Barton territory, where spitfire Jo is running the camp. Naturally, this shrew must be tamed, so Steve, calling himself Steve Martin, sets out to do just that as he's trapped in the camp for two months until the next boat anyhow. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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All the majestic grandeur of the great Northwest lumber country...imprisoned for the first time by the magic bush of Technicolor! (original poster) See more »


Drama | Romance


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English | French

Release Date:

16 January 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tornado See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The airplane Steve is forced into is a Sikorsky S-38 amphibious flying boat. First flown in 1928, a total of 101 were built at a cost of around $37,000 ($539,000 in 2018) each. About 21 were sold to the U.S. Army and Navy, but most were for the civilian market. Pan American Airlines was the airline who purchased the most, and famous citizens such as Charles A. Lindbergh and Howard Hughes owned one. See more »


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George Brent's character is very hard to like in this lumbering drama.
20 January 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Obviously this film was expected to be a big money maker...a prestige film for Warner Brothers. How else could you explain their using Technicolor for the film? Sadly, despite the color, the film itself is only okay...a lumbering spectacle set in the lumbering country.

When the film begins, Jeff (Robert Barrat) is furious at his brother and partner, Steve (George Brent). After all, Jeff works his butt off while Steve parties in the big city. Well, Jeff is announcing that enough is enough and it's going to end NOW! Well, apparently Steve didn't exactly believe him and soon makes a muck of things. A bit later, when Jeff takes his annoying brother on an airplane trip to the lumber fields, Steve impulsively steals the plane!! It's low on fuel and he's soon forced to land at a nearby lumber camp run by the arch rivals!! Now, he's stuck there and forced to work for a change. Can Steve manage to do a decent days work AND somehow avert an all out war between the two lumber companies?! And, more importantly, will the audience care?

The main problem with this film is that Steve is easy to hate. Sure, he improves over time but this seems very unlikely considering what a jerk he is in the first third of the picture. Another is that the female love interest is about as alluring as a cactus! Overall, despite a few good moments, a nice sea plane and a cool explosion, it's a thoroughly mediocre film and nothing more...so don't let the color fool you!

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