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White, Grace Miller. Tess of the storm country.

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Tess of the storm country (Film : 1932)

Original language: English
First released: 1932
Originally released in the United States by Fox Film Corporation
Type of content: fiction film
Originally released as a sound film ("Western Electric System") in black and white with standard sound aperture aspect ratio, intended to be projected at 24 fps. Playing time on release was 75 min., according to: AFI catalog, 1931-1940.

Relationship with previous works: "From the novel by Grace Miller White and the dramatization by Rupert Hughes."

Summary: "After a ship’s mate violently kisses Tess, the daughter of the ship’s skipper, Captain Howland, the skipper decides that Tess is now too old to remain on a ship with a male crew. Although they are loathe to live on land, the skipper and Tess fix up a house at Rock Bayou, a squatter’s haven on the East coast of the Storm Country. When bad-tempered, wealthy Frederick Garfield sees that the Howlands’ home is on his property, he has the house burned. The skipper then purchases a squatter’s hut with the last of his savings. He forbids Tess from joining him and Ben Letts, who helped them get settled, as they go net fishing, which is against the law. Tess, however, sneaks onto the boat, and the next morning rescues a man after his motorboat has hit the net and capsized. Later, the man, Frederick Garfield, Jr., goes to Tess’s home to thank her, but when she learns that he is the son of the man who burned their house, she angrily throws him out. Their subsequent struggle is interrupted when Fred’s father arrives with the game warden. After confiscating the skipper’s torn nets, the warden threatens him with jail if he finds him net fishing again. During the Saturday night Yacht Club dance, Letts finds Tess listening to the music from across the water. She rebukes his flirtations and proposal, and when he then struggles with her, Peppy, her monkey, hits him on the head with a rock. When the irate father of three sisters whom Fred is drunkenly trying to court, chases him with a shotgun, Tess hides him in her hut. She slaps him after he kisses her, but when he apologizes, she seems genuinely interested to hear him talk about college. Meanwhile, the skipper, Letts and another man, Ezra, are surprised while net fishing by the warden and Dan Taylor, who is the secret sweetheart of Fred’s sister Teola. Letts shoots and kills Dan and then hides in a cave after threatening Ezra if he talks. After the skipper is convicted of Dan’s murder, Fred travels to the state capital to arrange for a new trial. When Tess sees Teola jump off a bridge in an attempt to kill herself, she rescues Teola and sends for Martha, a cynical midwife, who delivers Teola’s child. After Tess promises not to reveal her secret, Teola leaves the baby with Tess and returns home. Letts again asks Tess to marry her, and their subsequent struggle is broken up when Fred returns and throws Letts out. Fred believes Letts’s claim that the baby is his and Tess’s despite her denial. When the baby becomes ill and needs medicine and better food, Tess visits the Garfield home to tell Teola. As Tess is taking milk and eggs from the refrigerator, Teola’s father finds her, calls her a ’dirty little thief,’ slaps her and sends her off, as Teola watches. When Martha tells Tess that the baby will die and will go to the Devil because he has not been baptized, Tess carries him through a rainstorm to the church where a baptism attended by the Garfields is taking place. Teola then cries out that the baby is hers and has him christened Daniel. After Ezra, prodded by Fred, reveals that Letts shot Dan, the skipper is freed. Back on a ship, the skipper gives orders to Fred, who kisses Tess as he carries them out"—AFI catalog, 1931-1940.

"Passed by National Board of Review."
Copyright: Fox Film Corp.; 12Nov32; LP3418.

Related work(s):
White, Grace Miller. Tess of the storm country. moving image [adaptation]
Hughes, Rupert, 1872-1956. Tess of the storm country. moving image [adaptation]

Creator(s):
Santell, Alfred, 1895-1981. producer, director
Behrman, S. N. (Samuel Nathan), 1893-1973. screenwriter
Levien, Sonya, 1898-1960. screenwriter
Gaynor, Janet. cast
Farrell, Charles, 1901-1990. cast
Digges, Dudley, 1879-1949. cast
Clyde, June, 1909- cast
Gillingwater, Claude, 1870-1939. cast
Meeker, George, 1904?-1963. cast
Kemp, Matty, 1872-1937. cast
Jennings, DeWitt, 1872-1937. cast
Hunt, Eleanor. cast
Carter, Louise, 1875-1957. cast
Mohr, Hal, 1894-1974. cinematographer
Flick, Donald. sound engineer
Oliver, Harry, b. 1888. art director
Cox, David, 1906- costume designer
De Francesco, Louis, 1888-1974. musical director

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FishersDrama.
Homeless camps
Drama.

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Tess of the storm country / Fox Film presents ; Alfred Santell production ; directed by Alfred Santell ; screen play by S.N. Behrman and Sonya Levien.
[United States] : Fox Film Corporation, c1932.

79 min., 28 sec.

The players: Janet Gaynor [(Tess Howland)] and Charles Farrell [(Frederick Garfield, Jr.)]. Dudley Digges [(Captain Howland)]; June Clyde [(Teola Garfield)]; Claude Gillingwater [(Frederick Garfield, Sr.)]; George Meeker [(Dan Taylor)]; Sarah Padden [(Old Martha)]; Edward Pawley [(Ben Letts)]; and Professor Peppy. [Matty Kemp (Dillon); DeWitt Jennings (game warden); Eleanor Hunt, Marjorie Peterson (Longman sisters); Louise Carter (Mrs. Garfield); Bruce Warren (Jim)].

Photography, Hal Mohr; sound recorder, W.D. Flick; art director, Harry Oliver; wardrobe, David Cox; musical direction, Louis De Francesco. [Assistant director, Martin Santell].

Bracketed credits supplied from xerox of studio records supplied by AFI cataloger.
Language: English

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Tess of the storm country (Film : 1932)

LOCATION: VA22148
1 VHS videocassette : analog, mono ; 1/2 in.
Intermediation tool: audiovisual player
Reproduction: Los Angeles, Calif. : UCLA Film & Television Archive, March 2, 2006. Reproduced on the Archive telecine from 35 mm. safety reference print (M61726). Reproduction for preservation purposes permitted by Twentieth Century-Fox.
preservation reproduction
Mode of issuance: Issued as a single unit.

LOCATION: M3922
8 reels : analog, 24 fps, mono ; 35 mm. nitrate reference print positive.
Intermediation tool: projector
Mode of issuance: Issued in two or more parts simultaneously.

LOCATION: M117768
1 DVCAM videocassette : digital, mono. ; 1/4 in.
Intermediation tool: audiovisual player
Reproduction: Los Angeles, Calif. : UCLA Film & Television Archive, June 3, 2002. Reproduced on the Archive telecine from 35 mm. safety reference print (M61726). Reproduction for preservation purposes permitted by Twentieth Century-Fox.
preservation reproduction
Mode of issuance: Issued as a single unit.

LOCATION: M61726
4 reels : analog, 24 fps, mono ; 35 mm. safety reference print positive.
Intermediation tool: projector
Reproduction: Los Angeles, Calif. : UCLA Film & Television Archive, 1982. Reproduced from 35 mm. safety composite duplicate negative (XFE2214 -2221) and rerecorded track negative (M61764). Reproduction for preservation purposes permitted by Twentieth Century-Fox.
preservation reproduction
Mode of issuance: Issued in two or more parts simultaneously.

LOCATION: XFE2214 -2221
8 reels : analog, 24 fps, mono ; 35 mm. safety composite duplicate negative.
Reproduction: Los Angeles, Calif. : UCLA Film & Television Archive, 1982. Reproduced from 35 mm. nitrate reference print (M3922). Reproduction for preservation purposes permitted by Twentieth Century-Fox.
preservation reproduction
Mode of issuance: Issued in two or more parts simultaneously.

LOCATION: M61764
8 reels : analog, 24 fps, mono ; 35 mm. safety rerecorded track negative.
Reproduction: Los Angeles, Calif. : UCLA Film & Television Archive, 1982. Reproduced from 35 mm. safety composite duplicate negative (M16687). Reproduction for preservation purposes permitted by Twentieth Century-Fox.
preservation reproduction
Mode of issuance: Issued in two or more parts simultaneously.

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