~Tess of the Storm Country~
1922
~Plot Synopsis~
Mary Pickford had recently put out a couple of mediocre pictures and her latest, Little Lord
Fauntleroy, wasn't an immediate hit with her audience (although it would gross over a million dollars
-- an enormous sum in those days -- some fans initially voiced disappointment in the film). It was
time for Pickford to pull out a sure thing, and a remake of 1914's Tess of the Storm Country made a lot
of sense. Tessibel Skinner is the kind of character her audiences loved -- the ragged but spunky
young girl who is willing to make a great sacrifice. And Pickford had been very disappointed with
Edwin S. Porter's primitive direction in the earlier version. So she bought the rights to the 1909 Grace
Miller White novel and went about making it the right way. The result was an enchanting, if overlong,
film. Tess is the daughter of a squatter (Forrest Robinson), and the rich man (David Torrence) who
owns the land is dying to get rid of them and the other squatter families. Tess is just as determined to
make sure they all stay. The man's son, Frederick Graves (all-American leading man Lloyd Hughes),
is on her side. When Frederick's sister Teola (Gloria Hope) becomes pregnant out of wedlock, Tess
protects her by claiming the child as her own. She is ostracized and the infant is refused baptism, so
Tess sneaks into the church and does her own ritual. Eventually the truth comes out, the elder
Graves learns some humility, and all ends well. Tess was a big hit and wound up grossing almost as
much as Little Lord Fauntleroy. It also changed the life of Lloyd Hughes and Gloria Hope -- they fell
in love on the set and later married.

Plot Synopsis by Janiss Garza, AllMovie.com
Directed by: John S. Robertson

Written by:
Elmer Harris - adaptation
E. Lloyd Sheldon - scenario  
Josephine Lovett - scenario

Based on the novel by Grace Miller White
~Cast~

Mary Pickford ...  Tessibel 'Tess' Skinner
Lloyd Hughes ...  Frederick Graves
Gloria Hope ...  Teola Graves
David Torrence ...  Elias Graves
Forrest Robinson ...  Orn 'Daddy' Skinner
Jean Hersholt ...  Ben Letts
Danny Hoy ...  Ezra Longman
Robert Russell ...  Mr. Daniel 'Dan' Jordan
Gus Saville ...  Old Man Longman
Madame De Bodamere ...  Mrs. Longman
Milton Berle ...  Bit Role (uncredited)
Jeanne Carpenter ...  (uncredited)
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~Remaining Credits~

Produced by: Mary Pickford Company

Distributed by: United Artists

Producer: Mary Pickford
Cinematography by: Charles Rosher
Art Direction by: Frank Ormston
Assistant Director: Shaw Lovett
Trick Photographer: Paul Eagler
By Arrangement With: Adolph Zukor

Length: 10 Reels
Runtime: 118 Minutes
Released: November 12, 1922
Filmed on Location in Chatsworth, Los Angeles, California, USA
Filmed at The Lot - 1041 N. Formosa Avenue, West Hollywood, California, USA