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Romance of the Limberlost (June 16, 1938)

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Romance of the Limberlost
 

Released on June 16, 1938: A young girl living in the Indiana Limberlost Swamp faces hardship, bigotry, ridicule and despair as she tries to build a better life.

Produced by Scott R. Dunlap

Directed by William Nigh

The Actors: Jean Parker (Laurie Mears), Eric Linden (Wayne Sellers), Marjorie Main (Aunt Nora), Edward Pawley (Jed Corson), Betty Blythe (Mrs. Parker, butterfly author), Sarah Padden (Sarah Nathan), George Cleveland (Mr. Nathan, shopkeeper), Hollis Jewell (Christopher Cass, Jed Corson's ward), Guy Usher (Judge Sellers), Jean O'Neill (Ruth, kissing booth girl), Budd Buster (Bazaar kissing booth barker), William Gould (prosecuting lawyer), Harry Harvey (Jonas, checker player), Jack Kennedy (Sheriff Abner Bates), Hooper Atchley (unknown), Horace B. Carpenter (unknown)

 
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Laughing at the Ugly, Despised Swamp Girl

Limber Jim Corbus got lost in the swamps of Eastern Indiana in the early 1800’s while hunting. Legend has it that he never returned, and Limber Jim was forever lost in the swamp. Yup, the common saying was, ‘Limber’s Lost in the swamp’ . . . . From those days till today this swamp area is known as the Limberlost Swamp.

Geneva Grace Stratton was the youngest of twelve children born in Wabash County Indiana in 1863 on the edges of the Limberlost Swamp. She spent many happy hours in the swamp enjoying the nature and animals living in the wetlands, and probably getting to know some of the people living in the swamps. She became a famous author of books featuring women as the strong characters, and her stories were enjoyed around the world by millions of fans, writing under the name of Gene Stratton-Porter.

The drama that she wrote for this movie begins begins in the Limberlost Swamp where a young girl named Laurie lives with her mean, old Aunt Nora. Life is tough in the Limberlost Swamp and many of the poor folk living in the swamp are tough-skinned, angry and without hope of anything better than getting through the day.

Young Laurie lives in poverty with her embittered Aunt Nora, but she sees beauty in the swamp wildlife and she loves to smile. Unfortunately, the world around her is filled with anger and she will be mightily challenged by the forces of despair that dominate the thoughts of her swamp neighbors. She will also be crushed by the bigotry and ridicule of the people in the little town of Plainfield when she is invited to a town bazaar.

Do you cry at weddings? Well, at one point in this time-travel adventure to the Limberlost of 100 years ago we will be at Laurie’s wedding and see her in a magnificent wedding gown preparing to be wed. If you usually cry at weddings, you will probably cry as you watch Laurie preparing for marriage . . . . . But your tears at this wedding will not be from joy. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and meet the Limberlost Swamp people from 1902.

Jean Parker meets Eric Linden
Jean Parker meets Eric Linden
Jean Parker
Jean Parker
Edward Pawley
Edward Pawley
Edward Pawley and Marjorie Main
Edward Pawley and Marjorie Main
Edward Pawley
Edward Pawley
Eric Linden and Guy Usher
Eric Linden and Guy Usher
George Cleveland and Edward Pawley
George Cleveland and Edward Pawley
George Cleveland and Jean Parker
George Cleveland and Jean Parker
George Cleveland and Sarah Padden
George Cleveland and Sarah Padden
George Cleveland
George Cleveland
Guy Usher and Betty Blythe
Guy Usher and Betty Blythe
Hollis Jewell
Hollis Jewell
Hollis Jewell
Hollis Jewell
Hollis Jewell
Hollis Jewell
Jean O'Neill
Jean O'Neill
Jean Parker and Hollis Jewell
Jean Parker and Hollis Jewell
Jean Parker and Marjorie Main
Jean Parker and Marjorie Main
Jean Parker and Marjorie Main
Jean Parker and Marjorie Main
Jean Parker and Sarah Padden
Jean Parker and Sarah Padden
Jean Parker
Jean Parker
Marjorie Main
Marjorie Main
Marjorie Main
Marjorie Main
Marjorie Main
Marjorie Main
Sarah Padden and Jean Parker
Sarah Padden and Jean Parker
Sarah Padden and George Cleveland
Sarah Padden and George Cleveland
Sarah Padden and Jean Parker
Sarah Padden and Jean Parker
Sarah Padden and Jean Parker
Sarah Padden and Jean Parker
Sarah Padden, Marjorie Main and George Cleveland
Sarah Padden, Marjorie Main and George Cleveland