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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
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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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Rustic melodrama
14 November 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

There are a lot of similarities between Romance Of The Limberlost and such films as Shepherd Of The Hills, Trail Of The Lonesome Pine, The Yearling, and Spitfire all set in some truly rural areas All of those films had the advantage of much bigger budgets from bigger studios than Romance Of The Limberlost which was an item from Monogram.

Our main character is Jean Parker a free spirited lass who to escape the tyrannical bullying of her aunt Marjorie Main who has raised her since her mother died by going into the forest. She's got more critter friends than Elly Mae Clampett and a couple of human friends in Eric Linden who wants to be a lawyer and simple swamp kid Hollis Jewell.

Main is fixing to marry Parker off to the much older and richer Edward Pawley whose puss was in many a Warner Brothers gangster flick of the Thirties. He's a mean brute looking for a nice young trophy wife.

When Pawley is killed, it's Jewell who's arrested at the scene and it's Linden who defends him. During that trial a whole lot of hidden truths come out.

Limberlost is the name for the swamp area in Indiana where the action takes place. Being from Monogram this didn't have too much in the way of production values. But the earnestness of the players overcomes a lot of that.

Marjorie Main is almost a synonym for female rustic characters on screen. But the woman wasn't always comical as she was in the Ma&Pa Kettle series. She could do a dramatic turn with the best as witness by this film and her performance in that most urban of dramas Dead End as Humphrey Bogart's mother.

Romance Of The Limberlost is worth a look.

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