Girl of the Limberlost (1924)

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Gene Stratton Porter's sentimental story of an unloved child came to the screen in 1924 courtesy of the author's husband, director-writer Leo Meehan. Gloria Grey starred as Elnora Comstock, whose mother (Emily Fitzroy) rejects her because she was born the day Mr. Comstock (Arthur Currier) perished in the Limberlost quicksands. In high school, Elnora falls in love with handsome Philip Anson (Raymond McKee), but then rejects him when she learns he is betrothed to Edith Carr (Gertrude Olmstead). But when Philip is taken ill, Elnora returns and helps him regain his health. Realizing that Philip truly loves Elnora, Edith nobly relinquishes all claims to the boy. A sequel to Stratton Porter's oft-filmed Freckles, The Girl of the Limberlost was itself filmed again in 1934, in 1944, and for television in 1990.