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Romance of the Limberlost (1938)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 16 June 1938 (USA)
An orphaned girl is being raised in the Limberlost (timbered swamp in Indiana) by her aunt, who hates her because the girl's mother married the man that the aunt loved. The girl's existence... See full summary »


William Nigh


Gene Stratton-Porter (novel), Marion Orth (screenplay)




Cast overview:
Jean Parker ... Laurie
Eric Linden ... Wayne
Marjorie Main ... Nora
Edward Pawley ... Corson
Betty Blythe ... Mrs. Parker
Sarah Padden ... Sarah
George Cleveland ... Nathan
Hollis Jewell Hollis Jewell ... Chris
Guy Usher Guy Usher ... Judge
Jean O'Neill Jean O'Neill ... Ruth
Budd Buster ... Fair Barker
William Gould ... Lawyer
Harry Harvey ... Jones
Jack Kennedy Jack Kennedy ... Abner


An orphaned girl is being raised in the Limberlost (timbered swamp in Indiana) by her aunt, who hates her because the girl's mother married the man that the aunt loved. The girl's existence is close to being servitude bondage, and her only companions are the birds and the animals of the forest. She meets and falls in love with a young man whose ambition is to be a lawyer. But her aunt is arranging for her to be married to the wealthiest man in the Limberlost, a drunken, coarse bully. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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This film received its first telecast Friday 12 December 1941 on New York City's pioneer commercial television station WNBT (Channel 1). Post-WWII television viewers got their first look at it in St. Louis Saturday 3 April 1948 on KSD (Channel 5), in New York City Friday 28 May 1948 on WATV (Channel 13), and again Thursday 12 August 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2); in Chicago it first aired Sunday 16 January 1949 on WBKB (Channel 4) and on the West Coast it was first shown in Los Angeles, 7 August 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5). See more »

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This one touches most of the melodrama bases.
27 June 2007 | by horn-5See all my reviews

Laurie (Jean Parker)lives in the Limberlost (swampy timberland found in the American south)with her Aunt Nora (Marjorie Main), who hates the girl because her mother married the man Nora had loved. Laurie's existence is much the same as a bonded servant and she gets no encouragement from her aunt as she tries to overcome her environment by studying. Laurie's only friends are the birds and animals of the forest, and a young boy named Chris (Hollis Jewell), a bound boy to Corson (Edward Pawley), a drunken, coarse bully who is the wealthiest man in the community. Laurie meets and falls in love with Wayne (Eric Linden)whose ambition is to become a lawyer.

In the meantime, Corson, a widower, decides he wants to marry again and bargains with Nora to get Laurie as his bride. He promises to support Nora for the rest of her life in style and wealth. Laurie agrees to the forced marriage because Nora threatens to involve her dead mother in a scandal. Chris, secretly in love with Laurie, threatens to kill Corson before he will let him marry Laurie.

On the night before the wedding, Chris follows Corson to the barn, with a gun, but the bully disarms him with a whip. Accidentally, Corson falls onto the gun which he has seized from Chris, and is killed.

Chris is charged with murder, and Wayne agrees to defend him.

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16 June 1938 (USA) See more »

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