The Wind (1928)

70 mins | Melodrama | 23 November 1928

Director:

Victor Seastrom

Writer:

Frances Marion

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

Originally, the film's ending followed the novel's: Letty, driven insane, wanders off into the desert. According to modern sources, studio officials required a happy ending, however, before the film's release. ...

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Originally, the film's ending followed the novel's: Letty, driven insane, wanders off into the desert. According to modern sources, studio officials required a happy ending, however, before the film's release.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
11 Nov 1928
p. 4
New York Times
5 Nov 1928
p. 26
Photoplay
1 Nov 1928
p. 52
Variety
7 Nov 1928
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CREDITED AS
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FILM EDITOR
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COSTUMES
Ward
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Wind by Dorothy Scarborough (New York & London, 1925).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
SONGS
"Love Brought the Sunshine," words by Herman Ruby and Dave Dreyer, music by William Axt and David Mendoza.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
23 November 1928
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp.
10 November 1928
LP25816
Physical Properties:
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Talking seq and sd eff by Movietone
Duration(in mins):
70
Length(in feet):
6,721
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Letty, a girl from Virginia, trainbound for her cousin's ranch in the western prairies, meets Roddy, who hints at a marriage proposal. At the ranch, Cora's children and husband become too fond of Letty, and she is forced to leave. With nowhere to go, she decides to accept Roddy's implied invitation to become his wife. When she discovers him already married, she hastily marries Lige, a roughhewn son of the soil at whom she had previously scoffed. While Lige is away for a round-up of wild horses during a particularly fierce windstorm, Roddy forces his way into Lige's home and stays the night with Letty, urging her to go with him in the morning. She refuses, shoots him when he becomes insistent, laboriously drags his body outside, and buries it in the shifting sand. Letty spends a day of terror that approaches madness; but Lige returns, and Letty decides that she no longer wishes to return to Virginia--they will face the wind ...

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Letty, a girl from Virginia, trainbound for her cousin's ranch in the western prairies, meets Roddy, who hints at a marriage proposal. At the ranch, Cora's children and husband become too fond of Letty, and she is forced to leave. With nowhere to go, she decides to accept Roddy's implied invitation to become his wife. When she discovers him already married, she hastily marries Lige, a roughhewn son of the soil at whom she had previously scoffed. While Lige is away for a round-up of wild horses during a particularly fierce windstorm, Roddy forces his way into Lige's home and stays the night with Letty, urging her to go with him in the morning. She refuses, shoots him when he becomes insistent, laboriously drags his body outside, and buries it in the shifting sand. Letty spends a day of terror that approaches madness; but Lige returns, and Letty decides that she no longer wishes to return to Virginia--they will face the wind together.

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