Storm (1916)

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The Storm was written by Beatrice DeMille, the actress mother of directors Cecil B. DeMille and William C. DeMille. Not dissimilar to the famous British yarn Hindle Wakes, the story concerns the romance between Natalie Raydon (Blanche Sweet), daughter of a theology professor (Theodore Roberts), and the Prof's prize pupil Robert Fielding (Thomas Meighan). When Natalie becomes pregnant by another of her father's students, she refuses to divulge the identity of her seducer, not wishing to destroy anyone's future. Luckily, Natalie's past indiscretions mean nothing to Fielding, who insists upon marrying her anyway. The subtle performances of the stars and the sensitive direction of Frank Reicher made certain that The Storm never lapsed into bad taste.

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canoe, daughter, independence, love, marriage, minister, scientist, shelter, storm, student, women's-issues