God's Country and the Woman (1937)

80 or 90 mins | Drama | 16 January 1937

Director:

William Keighley

Cinematographer:

Tony Gaudio

Editor:

Jack Killifer

Production Designer:

Carl Jules Weyl

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

NYT notes that filming took place in Longview, WA. According to DV , Technicolor cameraman William Skall was replaced when he broke his ankle in a fall. According to HR , Bette Davis was to star and was suspended when she failed to appear. According to modern sources, Davis was determined to refuse all of Jack Warner's offers until he agreed to a more open contract with the salary she felt she deserved. Other films based on the same source include a 1916 Vitagraph film directed by Rollin S. Sturgeon and starring William Duncan (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20 ; F1.1631), God's Country and the Law , produced in 1921 by Arrow Film Corp., directed by Sidney Olcott and starring Fred C. Jones (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films 1921-30 ; F2.2141) and Screen Guild Productions' 1946 film God's Country , starring Buster Keaton and directed by Robert ... More Less

NYT notes that filming took place in Longview, WA. According to DV , Technicolor cameraman William Skall was replaced when he broke his ankle in a fall. According to HR , Bette Davis was to star and was suspended when she failed to appear. According to modern sources, Davis was determined to refuse all of Jack Warner's offers until he agreed to a more open contract with the salary she felt she deserved. Other films based on the same source include a 1916 Vitagraph film directed by Rollin S. Sturgeon and starring William Duncan (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20 ; F1.1631), God's Country and the Law , produced in 1921 by Arrow Film Corp., directed by Sidney Olcott and starring Fred C. Jones (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films 1921-30 ; F2.2141) and Screen Guild Productions' 1946 film God's Country , starring Buster Keaton and directed by Robert Tansey. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
19 Dec 36
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Dec 36
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
15 Dec 36
p. 8.
Motion Picture Herald
26 Dec 36
p. 46.
Motion Picture Herald
26 Dec 36
p. 52.
New York Times
11 Jan 37
p. 15.
Variety
13 Jan 37
p. 13.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
Technicolor photog advisor
Assoc cine
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
MUSIC
COLOR PERSONNEL
Technicolor col dir
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel God's Country and the Woman by James Oliver Curwood (Garden City, NY, 1915).
DETAILS
Release Date:
16 January 1937
Production Date:
began 6 July 1936
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. & The Vitaphone Corp.
Copyright Date:
21 December 1936
Copyright Number:
LP6973
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
80 or 90
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
PCA No:
2357
SYNOPSIS

Steve Russett is recalled to Vancouver from his European escapades by his brother Jefferson in order to share the running of Russett Lumber Company. His irresponsible behavior ruins a deal which would have forced Russett competitor Barton Logging Company to pay a large royalty for the right to use the Russett rails. Angered, Jeff flies Steve up to the logging camp, but Steve escapes in a plane which runs out of gas, forcing Steve to land in a lake. After swimming and struggling through the woods, he reaches the Barton camp, where he is surprised to find that the owner, Jo Barton, is a woman. Not knowing his identity, Jo refuses to feed Steve. Meanwhile, Jeff is planning to block Jo's railway line so that she will fail to get her logs through in time to preserve her rights to log Crown Timber lands. Trying to get back to the Russett camp, Steve is mistaken for one of the Barton men and beaten by Russett men. Ole Oleson, one of Jeff's spies, tells Jeff that he saw Steve at the Barton camp and Jeff decides to leave him there. Steve gets a menial job at Barton and falls in love with Jo. Paid agitator Bulkhead tries to scare the Barton workers away by telling them that their supplies will be blockaded. Steve slips away and warns Jo. Arriving at his brother's camp, Steve realizes that Jeff's foreman is about the stop the Barton food supply train. Steve commandeers it, arriving at the Barton camp in time to halt the riot. A grateful Jo then makes Steve boss. ... +


Steve Russett is recalled to Vancouver from his European escapades by his brother Jefferson in order to share the running of Russett Lumber Company. His irresponsible behavior ruins a deal which would have forced Russett competitor Barton Logging Company to pay a large royalty for the right to use the Russett rails. Angered, Jeff flies Steve up to the logging camp, but Steve escapes in a plane which runs out of gas, forcing Steve to land in a lake. After swimming and struggling through the woods, he reaches the Barton camp, where he is surprised to find that the owner, Jo Barton, is a woman. Not knowing his identity, Jo refuses to feed Steve. Meanwhile, Jeff is planning to block Jo's railway line so that she will fail to get her logs through in time to preserve her rights to log Crown Timber lands. Trying to get back to the Russett camp, Steve is mistaken for one of the Barton men and beaten by Russett men. Ole Oleson, one of Jeff's spies, tells Jeff that he saw Steve at the Barton camp and Jeff decides to leave him there. Steve gets a menial job at Barton and falls in love with Jo. Paid agitator Bulkhead tries to scare the Barton workers away by telling them that their supplies will be blockaded. Steve slips away and warns Jo. Arriving at his brother's camp, Steve realizes that Jeff's foreman is about the stop the Barton food supply train. Steve commandeers it, arriving at the Barton camp in time to halt the riot. A grateful Jo then makes Steve boss. When Jo refuses to sell out to Jeff, he reveals Steve's real identity and, thinking that he lied to her, Jo orders him out of camp. Later, risking his life, Steve saves Jo from Jeff's trickery and afterward Steve and Jo are reunited. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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