Earth Woman (1926)

Run Time - 70 min.  |  
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The Earth Woman was one of several films produced by Mrs. Wallace Reid (Dorothy Davenport), who after the drug-induced death of her movie-idol husband dedicated herself to saving impressionable filmgoers from the evils and pitfalls of modern life. The story is set in the hills of Tennessee, where practically everybody gets smashed on rotgut moonshine. A drink-benumbed hillbilly tries to rape heroine Sally Tilden (Priscilla Bonner), setting off a chain reaction of violence, murder, and false confessions. Through it all, "earth mother" Martha Tilden (Mary Alden) tries to hold her very dysfunctional brood together. Perhaps it was the notoriety of the still seething Hatfield-McCoy feud that prompted so many filmmakers to turn out "backwoods" dramas like this one.

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alcoholism, drunk, family-feud, hillbilly, moonshine, murder, rape, rescue, violence