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The Great Meadow (1931)

Berk leaves Diony and their baby to hunt down his mother's murderer and is believed to be dead. Evan provides for them & marries Diony. Berk returns and challenges Evan to a fight but Diony will not be fought over "as if I'm not human".

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Charles Brabin

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Charles Brabin (adaptation), Edith Ellis (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Johnny Mack Brown ... Berk Jarvis (as John Mack Brown)
Eleanor Boardman ... Diony Hall
Lucille La Verne ... Elvira Jarvis
Anita Louise ... Betty Hall
Gavin Gordon ... Evan Muir
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Rubin Hall (as Guinn Williams)
Russell Simpson ... Thomas Hall
Sarah Padden ... Mistress Molly Hall
Helen Jerome Eddy ... Sally Tolliver
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Storyline

In a little Virginia village in 1777, Daniel Boone comes and talks about Kentucky. He describes it as the promised land, with ample game and lush fields. Due to this speech, a group of villagers, including Berk and his new wife Diony, decide to trek the 500 miles to Kentucky. However, the dream soon fades to reality as they endure Indians, hunger, death and bad weather. After six months they finally stagger into the fort. Most of the settlers build homes and plant fields outside the fort, and the Indians, led by Black Fox, are out to kill them. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Terra Virgem See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

The second of two MGM 1930 features filmed in both a 70mm wide screen Realife version, and a standard screen 35mm version, (the first was Billy the Kid (1930) (q.v.),) the unwillingness of cash-strapped theatres who had just spent most of their available bankrolls installing sound equipment, to now spend further money on wider screens in order to project only a handful of otherwise rather ordinary films, marked the demise of wide screen exhibition, at least for the time being. In the case of The Great Meadow, MGM saw the handwriting on the wall, and there is no reliable documentation that the 70mm version was ever publicly shown, and no 70mm material seems to have survived. See more »

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Patriarch Thomas Hall reads from a 1777 newspaper and refers to George Washington as 'that young Washington.' In 1777 George Washington was already 45 years old, having been born back in 1732. See more »

Alternate Versions

Originally filmed in an early 70mm widescreen process called "Grandeur". No widescreen prints are now known to exist. See more »

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a realistic view of pioneer times
4 September 2019 | by hoffmanazSee all my reviews

It would be easy to relegate this 1931 film as outdated and with wooden acting, but its strength comes from depicting the sacrifices made by women who accompanied their husbands and families to Kentucky during the Revolutionary War. There is very little glamour in this film, but lots of interesting little scenes in which women do the cooking laundry, spinning of cloth, candle-making, and other tasks that women must surely have done in the 18th century frontier. I haven't seen any other film in which women took center stage. The women demonstrate their courage in fighting back against Indian attack, in enduring the hardships of freezing weather, starvation, and other challenges. This film is worth anyone's time in seeing just how realistic the scenes were shot.


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