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Way Down East (1935)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 25 October 1935 (USA)
A family living on a farm in Maine takes in a young woman to stay with them, not knowing that the woman is not quite what she seems and has a secret in her past that she hasn't told them about.

Director:

Henry King

Writers:

Howard Estabrook (screen play), William Hurlbut (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rochelle Hudson ... Anna Moore
Henry Fonda ... David Bartlett
Slim Summerville ... Constable Seth Holcomb
Edward Trevor Edward Trevor ... Lennox Sanderson
Margaret Hamilton ... Martha Perkins
Russell Simpson ... Squire Amasa Bartlett
Andy Devine ... Hi Holler
Spring Byington ... Mrs. Louisa Bartlett
Astrid Allwyn ... Kate
Sara Haden ... Cordelia Peabody
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Amos
Al Lydell Al Lydell ... Hank Woolwine
Harry C. Bradley ... Mr. Peabody
Phil La Toska Phil La Toska ... Abner
Clem Bevans ... Doc Wiggin
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A family living on a farm in Maine takes in a young woman to stay with them, not knowing that the woman is not quite what she seems and has a secret in her past that she hasn't told them about.

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A travers l'orage See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Mrs. Louisa Bartlett: What did Doctor
[couldn't make out name]
Mrs. Louisa Bartlett: preach about?
Squire Amasa Bartlett: Sin.
Mrs. Louisa Bartlett: What did he say?
Squire Amasa Bartlett: He's against it.
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Connections

Version of Way Down East (1920) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh Promise Me
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Clement W. Scott
Music by Reginald De Koven
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The 30 Year Old Henry Fonda
14 October 2004 | by Single-Black-MaleSee all my reviews

One of the things that struck audiences about the fresh faced Henry Fonda in the first years of his acting career was the fact that his persona, rather than his acting, represented the spirit of America. In films like this one, you don't go away thinking what a great actor Henry Fonda was, but you do feel that he embodied how Americans saw themselves at that time. It's almost as though nature had imposed itself upon him and made Henry Fonda the victim of hero worship. I personally don't think that he brought anything to this film except a fresh face. He was noticed by John Ford who also saw in him the face of America, and exploited it in subsequent productions.


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