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Tess of the Storm Country (1914)

A wealthy resident attempts to dispossess squatters who live near his home, which leads to a false accusation of murder.

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Edwin S. Porter
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Cast overview:
Mary Pickford ... Tessibel Skinner
Harold Lockwood ... Frederick Graves
Olive Carey ... Teola Graves (as Olive Golden)
David Hartford ... Daddy Skinner
Louise Dunlap Louise Dunlap ... Old Mother Moll
William Walters William Walters ... Elias Graves (as W.R. Walters)
Richard Garrick ... Ben Letts
Eugene Walter Eugene Walter ... Ezra Longman
Jack Henry Jack Henry ... Dan Jordan
H.R. Macy H.R. Macy ... DeForrest Young, Attorney at Law
H.L. Griffith H.L. Griffith ... Old Longman
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Tessibel Skinner, a wild, motherless little elf, lives with her father in a rude but on the shore of Cayuga Lake. On account of the sudden and regular squalls on the lake, the vicinity is called the "Storm Country," while the poor and ignorant fisher-folk thereabout are generally known as "squatters." Tess is one of these people, and adores her uncouth father, who lives by poaching and the illegal netting of fish. One day he is found near the body of a murdered gamekeeper, with a rifle close by, containing one empty chamber. Skinner is accused of the murder and convicted on circumstantial evidence. Tess is frantic with grief and anxiety, but Frederick Graves, a handsome theological student, and his sister, Teola, befriend Tess. Frederick tells her of God, of whom she has never heard, and His written word, the Bible, and bids her pray and have faith. Tess steals a Bible from the Mission Church, painfully spells out the lessons taught her by Frederick, and the untutored girl's faith ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 March 1914 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La madonnina del porto See more »

Filming Locations:

Del Mar, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$10,000 (estimated)
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Tess of the Storm Country was remade in 1922 with Mary Pickford reprising her role as Tess for the remake. See more »

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Featured in Flicker Flashbacks No. 2, Series 5 (1947) See more »

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Mary Pickford lights up this superb film
8 July 2008 | by mkmkmkmkmkmkmkSee all my reviews

It's a wonder 94 years after the first screening copies still exist. I had the opportunity to watch it and it was magnificent! As usual, sweet little Mary Pickford knows like no other how to mix comedy with drama. At the time, Tess of the Storm Country became a huge success. What else could it have been? Pickford clearly had fun shooting this film and probably was still buoyed up by the success of her previous film A Good Little Devil. The movie revolves around Tessibel Skinner, a little girl who is enjoying her life, despite the fact she's poor. When her father is put on trial for murder, she is devastated and tries everything to save him. But exactly how much is that going to cost? The movie had great outdoor sets, which makes the film a cultural pleasure. Pickford remade the film in 1922 after a few box office mistake and it became a hit all over again. The audience just can't stop adoring sweet little Tessibel Skinner.


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