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A Girl of the Limberlost (1934)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 15 October 1934 (USA)
Elnora Comstock is the badly abused daughter of Katherine Comstock, who blames her because her father was drowned while on the way home the night she was born. She finds her comfort with ... See full summary »


Christy Cabanne


Gene Stratton-Porter (novel), Adele Comandini (screenplay)




Cast overview:
Louise Dresser ... Katherine Comstock
Marian Marsh ... Elnora Comstock
Ralph Morgan ... Wesley Sinton
Helen Jerome Eddy ... Margaret Sinton
Edward J. Nugent ... Phillip Ammon (as Edward Nugent)
Henry B. Walthall ... Dr. Amon
Betty Blythe ... Mrs. Parker
Robert Ellis ... Frank Comstock
Barbara Bedford ... Elvira Carney
Gigi Parrish Gigi Parrish ... Edith Carr (as Gi-Gi Parrish)
Tommy Bupp ... Billy
Syd Saylor ... Pete Carson (as Sid Saylor)
Fern Emmett ... Ann


Elnora Comstock is the badly abused daughter of Katherine Comstock, who blames her because her father was drowned while on the way home the night she was born. She finds her comfort with Margaret and Westley Sinton, a childless neighboring couple, who help her with her school costs, as does the wealthy Mrs. Parker, who takes an interest in the talented young girl. She meets and falls in love with Phillip Ammon, the nephew of Dr. Ammon, but learns that he is already engaged. The money that Elnora has saved for her college education is stolen, and when Mrs. Comstock goes to retrieve it from a suspect, she also learns of the duplicity of her husband, who had been courting a neighboring woman on the night he drowned. She begs forgiveness of Elnora, and the romance of Elnora and Phillip also begins to flourish. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A Story That Has Touched the Heart of Every SIngle One of its Millions and Millions of Readers. Within a pen dipped deep into the ink of human understanding, it relates in a simple yet understanding manner the romance of a young country girl who struggled against hardship and hatred to win her rightful share of the better things in life. See more »


Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

15 October 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La casa senza amore See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Monogram hits big-time!
21 March 2004 | by ptb-8See all my reviews

This tiny rustic 70 min film was a smash success for emerging poverty row studio Monogram Pictures in 1934 and rated as one of the most heavily booked films of the year. It is on record as having 14,000 bookings in at time when there was 20,000 cinemas in the USA. It is on par with the other major hits of the day "Dinner at Eight" and the Busby Berkeley films. Listed in the industry Quigley Publications diary for 1935/6 as a blue ribbon winner of 1934 it must have come as a bombshell to anyone including the Monogram management that the film was so profitable, costing only $70k to produce and pulling $1m. in rentals. In the same year Monogram had several other 'major' releases one being KING KELLY OF THE USA which even had a minor but cute animation sequence. Most Monogram films of this period ran about 70 minutes and played the second feature on a double bill. However, GIRL OF THE LIMBERLOST played as an A level feature as it commanded main feature box office sales. No wonder Herbert J Yates at Consolidated labs wanted the Monogram outfit rolled into his newly formed Republic Pictures! he accomplished that by closing their account for lab processing and forcing them to merge along with several other studio s like the serial kings Mascot Pictures. GIRL is from one of America's most widely read novels and already had a huge inbuilt audience ready to devour the film. It is a charming tale of an unappreciated child raised in the hills and facing all sorts of bumpkin emotional dilemmas. It had a solid run internationally too, so easily grossed another wad of cash before vanishing like so many other 30s pix.

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