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A Girl of the Limberlost(1934)

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This film was also reviewed as The Girl of the Limberlost and Girl of the Limberlost. A pre-production Film Daily news item states that Monogram "dickered" for Margaret Sullavan for the role of Elnora. Other Hollywood Reporter news items indicate that Marian Marsh was selected to play "Elnora" after an extensive search. According to publicity items in the copyright records, sixty different interior sets as well as exterior "swamp" sets, which required six weeks of construction, were built for this production, which was shot in part at the Monogram Ranch in Placerita Canyon, Newhall, CA. A Hollywood Reporter pre-release news item stated that before Monogram edited the film to nine reels, it was first cut from fourteen reels to twelve. Prior to the final edit, Monogram debated whether to keep the film at twelve reels and release it as a "special." Gene Stratton-Porter's novel was first produced in 1924 by First National Pictures. John Francis Dillon directed Ann Harding and James Rennie in this silent version (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.2099). Monogram made another version of the story in 1938 as Romance of the Limberlost . In 1945 Columbia made a third version of the novel, directed by Melebor Ferrar and starring Ruth Nelson and Dorinda Clifton.