Your Advertisement Here!

A Girl of the Limberlost (October 15, 1934)

A Girl of the Limberlost
 

Released on October 15, 1934: A young girl struggles with a widowed mother who hates her in a world not made for girls.

Directed by Christy Cabanne

The Actors: Louise Dresser (Katherine Comstock), Ralph Morgan (Wesley Sinton), Marian Marsh (Elnora Comstock), Henry B. Walthall (Doctor George Ammon), Edward J. Nugent (Phillip Ammon), Gigi Parrish (Edith Carr), Helen Jerome Eddy (Margaret Sinton), Betty Blythe (Mrs. Parker), Barbara Bedford (Elvira Carney), Robert Ellis (Robert Comstock), Tommy Bupp (Billy), Baby Peggy (Elnora Comstock as a baby), Ann Bupp (schoolgirl), June Bupp (schoolgirl), Fern Emmett (Ann), Syd Saylor (Pete Carson)

 
Your Advertisement Here!

The Best Movie of 1934

In 1934 there were a lot of small motion picture companies churning out movies for the growing motion picture industry. Monogram pictures was the leader of the 'Poverty Row' movies . . . During the deepest years of the Great Depression there were two kinds of movies that people flocked to watch every weekend: Either stories about the great wealth and good times that a fortunate few enjoyed and the rest of the world yearned for, or stories about the grinding poverty that gripped families, albeit with a happy ending, that would give hope to folk that were nearing the end of their rope. Most of the Poverty Row stories played as the second feature after the blockbuster opening show, and the Poverty Row movie companies made a handsome living for themselves and the actors by churning out good stories for a hungry audience. But then in 1934 legendary director Christy Cabanne shaped a story for the big screen that gripped the hearts of America about a girl born in the poor Limberlost Swamp area of Eastern Indiana. If you were alive and going to movies in 1934 this is the one picture that you saw . . . the picture that virtually the whole nation watched and talked about that year. It broke all records for Poverty Row films, and all other movies that year, and made Monogram the target of a hostile takeover by the larger Republic Pictures. Herbert J. Yates ran a film laboratory that processed motion picture film for various movie studios. In 1934 he was creating his own movie studio that would become Republic Pictures and bring John Wayne, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers to the world. But when he saw the amazing performance of this movie at the theaters of America in 1934 he immediately refused to process any more movies from Monogram unless they would allow him to purchase the company and merge it with his new Republic Pictures. Because this picture was so well made and so well received at the box office, Monogram lost its independence and was folded into the larger movie system controlled by Yates. Why is this movie so different from other movies in 1934? What intriguing story plot could hold the attention of the whole movie watching world for a year? How could one movie propel so many of the actors in it to future fame and fortune at the box office? The story line in this amazing weeper is so wonderfully presented that I would do it grave injustice to even attempt to give you a clue. If you want to know the story that movie goers around the country demanded to see over and over again in 1934, it is yours for the watching. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show.

Barbara Bedford as Elvira Carney
Barbara Bedford as Elvira Carney
Betty Blythe and Marian Marsh
Betty Blythe and Marian Marsh
Betty Blythe as Mrs. Parker
Betty Blythe as Mrs. Parker
Edward J. Nugent and Marian Marsh
Edward J. Nugent and Marian Marsh
Edward J. Nugent as Phillip Ammon
Doris Lloyd as Lucille Coates
Edward J. Nugent kisses Marian Marsh
Edward J. Nugent kisses Marian Marsh
Gigi Parrish and Edward J. Nugent
Gigi Parrish and Edward J. Nugent
Gigi Parish is jealous of Edward J. Nugent and Marian Marsh
Gigi Parish is jealous of Edward J. Nugent and Marian Marsh
Gigi Parrish as Edith Carr
Gigi Parrish as Edith Carr
Gigi Parrish dances with Edward J. Nugent
Gigi Parrish dances with Edward J. Nugent
Helen Jerome Eddy and Ralph Morgan
Helen Jerome Eddy and Ralph Morgan
Henry B. Walthall and Louise Dresser
Henry B. Walthall and Louise Dresser
Louise Dresser and Marian Marsh
Louise Dresser and Marian Marsh
Louise Dresser apologizes to Marian Marsh
Louise Dresser apologizes to Marian Marsh
Louise Dresser as Katherine Comstock
Louise Dresser as Katherine Comstock
Louise Dresser hears her husband calling for help from the Limberlost Swamp
Louise Dresser hears her husband calling for help from the Limberlost Swamp
Louise Dresser in A Girl of the Limberlost
Louise Dresser in A Girl of the Limberlost
Marian Marsh and Edward J. Nugent
Marian Marsh and Edward J. Nugent
Marian Marsh and Ralph Morgan
Marian Marsh and Ralph Morgan
Marian Marsh as Elnora Comstock in A Girl of the Limberlost
Marian Marsh as Elnora Comstock in A Girl of the Limberlost
Marian Marsh gets ready for the first day of High School
Marian Marsh gets ready for the first day of High School
Ralph Morgan, Helen Jerome Eddy, and Baby Peggy
Ralph Morgan, Helen Jerome Eddy, and Baby Peggy
Ralph Morgan, Helen Jerome Eddy and Marian Marsh
Ralph Morgan, Helen Jerome Eddy and Marian Marsh
Ralph Morgan and Helen Jerome Eddy
Ralph Morgan and Helen Jerome Eddy
Ralph Morgan and Henry B. Walthall
Ralph Morgan and Henry B. Walthall
Ralph Morgan and Louise Dresser
Ralph Morgan and Louise Dresser
Ralph Morgan and Tommy Bupp
Ralph Morgan and Tommy Bupp
Ralph Morgan as neighbor Wesley Sinton
Ralph Morgan as neighbor Wesley Sinton
Robert Ellis as Robert Comstock
Robert Ellis as Robert Comstock
Tommy Bupp and Marian Marsh
Tommy Bupp and Marian Marsh