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According to a news item in HR on 29 Jan 1936, Arthur Lubin had been scheduled to direct this film, although he was later replaced. According to press material in copyright records, a 5,000-word novelette of Gene Stratton-Porter's story appeared in the Jul 1936 issue of Screen Romances with inserts of scenes from this film. According to a news item in DV, on 12 May 1948, Windsor Pictures Corp. bought the rights to Porter's novel for a remake, but the film apparently was never made. Porter's novel was the basis of the 1927 R-C Pictures film of the same title directed by Leo Meehan and starring Orville Caldwell and Natalie Kingston (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.2329). ...

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According to a news item in HR on 29 Jan 1936, Arthur Lubin had been scheduled to direct this film, although he was later replaced. According to press material in copyright records, a 5,000-word novelette of Gene Stratton-Porter's story appeared in the Jul 1936 issue of Screen Romances with inserts of scenes from this film. According to a news item in DV, on 12 May 1948, Windsor Pictures Corp. bought the rights to Porter's novel for a remake, but the film apparently was never made. Porter's novel was the basis of the 1927 R-C Pictures film of the same title directed by Leo Meehan and starring Orville Caldwell and Natalie Kingston (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.2329).

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
15 Apr 1936
p. 3
Daily Variety
13-May-48
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Film Daily
18 Apr 1936
p. 4
Hollywood Reporter
29 Jan 1936
p. 10
Hollywood Reporter
15 Apr 1936
p. 3
Motion Picture Daily
20 Apr 1936
p. 10
Motion Picture Herald
25 Apr 1936
p. 40
New York Times
4 Jul 1936
p. 18
The Exhibitor
1-May-36
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Variety
8 Jul 1936
p. 15
DETAILS
Release Date:
5 May 1936
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Republic Pictures Corp.
11 May 1936
LP6341
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
67,69-70 or 72
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
2144
SYNOPSIS

In a small town in Indiana in the 1890s, the domineering and ambitious Mrs. Biddle arranges a marriage between her spoiled daughter Thelma and the town's prize catch, harvester David Langston, who is wedded to the soil. David is friends with orphan Ruth Jameson and, although she is in love with him, he eventually gives in to the machinations of Mrs. Biddle and consents to marry Thelma. Meanwhile, technological advances come to town, including its first gasoline buggy, galvanic battery, and metal bathtub fitted with running water. When Mrs. Biddle tries to convince David to give up the farming life and join her husband in real estate, Mr. Biddle, hen-pecked and dissatisfied with city life, warns David against selling his farm. Meanwhile, Mrs. Biddle has Ruth's sassy younger sister Naomi, whom David adores, placed in an orphanage. When Ruth's beloved grandmother Moreland, who was against David's marriage to Thelma, becomes sick and dies, Ruth and David are drawn together, and he discovers that Mrs. Biddle put Naomi in the orphanage. Attending an orphanage board meeting, David publicly confronts Mrs. Biddle, who is a member of the board, and announces his plans to adopt Naomi himself. Outraged, Thelma hurls her engagement ring at David. Mr. Biddle, amused, declares that from now on he will be master of his house. Ruth, David and Naomi are then reunited, and David vows to stay a ...

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In a small town in Indiana in the 1890s, the domineering and ambitious Mrs. Biddle arranges a marriage between her spoiled daughter Thelma and the town's prize catch, harvester David Langston, who is wedded to the soil. David is friends with orphan Ruth Jameson and, although she is in love with him, he eventually gives in to the machinations of Mrs. Biddle and consents to marry Thelma. Meanwhile, technological advances come to town, including its first gasoline buggy, galvanic battery, and metal bathtub fitted with running water. When Mrs. Biddle tries to convince David to give up the farming life and join her husband in real estate, Mr. Biddle, hen-pecked and dissatisfied with city life, warns David against selling his farm. Meanwhile, Mrs. Biddle has Ruth's sassy younger sister Naomi, whom David adores, placed in an orphanage. When Ruth's beloved grandmother Moreland, who was against David's marriage to Thelma, becomes sick and dies, Ruth and David are drawn together, and he discovers that Mrs. Biddle put Naomi in the orphanage. Attending an orphanage board meeting, David publicly confronts Mrs. Biddle, who is a member of the board, and announces his plans to adopt Naomi himself. Outraged, Thelma hurls her engagement ring at David. Mr. Biddle, amused, declares that from now on he will be master of his house. Ruth, David and Naomi are then reunited, and David vows to stay a harvester.

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