Down upon the Suwannee River (1925)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Religious Drama  |  
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A young girl must face ostracism when she gives birth to a child without the benefit of a marriage license in this low-budget melodrama filmed on-location in Florida. In reality, Mary (Mary Thurman) does have a husband, Bill (Charles Emmett Mack), but he was run out of town after publicly endorsing atheism. When friends and neighbors turn upon her as well, Mary attempts to drown herself in the river, but is rescued in the nick of time by Hoss-Fly (Charles Shannon). When she returns to home and hearth, she finds Bill there, the young man having found God while sailing on the high seas. Both of the young stars of Down Upon the Suwanne River died tragically young, Thurman succumbing to malaria contracted while on-location and Charles Emmett Mack perishing in a car accident during the filming of The First Auto in 1927.

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elopement, love, pregnancy, religion, rescue, suicide, suicide-attempt