Polly of the Storm Country (1920)

Drama | 4 April 1920

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HISTORY

According to news items, Grace Miller White wrote the story for this film for Mildred Harris Chaplin. After the film's release, the story was published as a novel Storm Country Polly (Boston, ... More Less

According to news items, Grace Miller White wrote the story for this film for Mildred Harris Chaplin. After the film's release, the story was published as a novel Storm Country Polly (Boston, 1920). More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
17 Jul 20
p. 732.
MPN
14 Feb 20
p. 1680.
MPN
10 Apr 20
pp. 3230-31.
MPW
21 Aug 20
p. 968.
MPW
14 Feb 20
p. 1083.
MPW
5 Jun 20
p. 1360.
MPW
25 Sep 20
p. 533.
New York Morning Telegraph
19 Sep 1920.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
4 April 1920
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5-7
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

The Hopkinses are a family of squatters struggling against the wealthy landowners or "hilltoppers." When Jerry Hopkins is unjustly imprisoned, his young wife and baby die as a result of the shock, but his sister Polly maintains the faith that has been instilled in her by her grandmother. Later, Polly meets hilltopper Robert Robertson and the two fall in love. Their courtship is disrupted when Robert's sister Evelyn is blackmailed by Oscar Bennett, the man to whom she is secretly wed. In her efforts to help Evelyn, Polly falls under unjust suspicion. Meanwhile, MacKenzie, one of the vindictive landowners, arrests Polly's father and sends her brother to an orphanage. Devastated by these events, Polly's grandmother dies of grief and Polly swears revenge. She has Evelyn kidnapped and brought to her cabin, but the memory of her grandmother prevents Polly from harming her tormentor. Polly's nobility inspires Evelyn, who exonerates Polly, thus clearing the path for her marriage to ... +


The Hopkinses are a family of squatters struggling against the wealthy landowners or "hilltoppers." When Jerry Hopkins is unjustly imprisoned, his young wife and baby die as a result of the shock, but his sister Polly maintains the faith that has been instilled in her by her grandmother. Later, Polly meets hilltopper Robert Robertson and the two fall in love. Their courtship is disrupted when Robert's sister Evelyn is blackmailed by Oscar Bennett, the man to whom she is secretly wed. In her efforts to help Evelyn, Polly falls under unjust suspicion. Meanwhile, MacKenzie, one of the vindictive landowners, arrests Polly's father and sends her brother to an orphanage. Devastated by these events, Polly's grandmother dies of grief and Polly swears revenge. She has Evelyn kidnapped and brought to her cabin, but the memory of her grandmother prevents Polly from harming her tormentor. Polly's nobility inspires Evelyn, who exonerates Polly, thus clearing the path for her marriage to Robert. +

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