Cast & Crew
Laurie, an orphan who has been reared in the Limberlost, befriends all of the animals that live in the forest and is in turn befriended by them and all of the gentle souls in the territory. She has been reared by her Aunt Nora, an embittered woman who hates her because Laurie's mother married the man whom she loved. When Corson, a widower and the richest, meanest man in the area, decides that he wants to take Laurie for his wife, he entices Nora to agree by promising to support her in comfort for the rest of her life. Laurie does not care for Corson, but loves Wayne, the lawyer son of a prominent judge whom she secretly meets in the forest. On the night of Nora's proposed wedding to Corson, Chris, his badly treated bond servant, who is in love with Nora, kills Corson in a struggle over a gun. Laurie convinces Wayne to defend Chris and he is acquitted, after which Nora has a change of heart and promises to love Laurie like her own daughter. Finally, Wayne and Laurie have overcome all obstacles to their happiness.
Screen Achievements Bulletin calls the source of the film the novel Her Father's Daughter by Gene Stratton-Porter, and Motion Picture Herald's review calls that title a short story. News items in Hollywood Reporter and Los Angeles Times in November and December 1936 noted that Sterling Pictures Corp. had purchased the rights to Her Father's Daughter and were planning to film it under the title Romance of the Limberlost. According to copyright records, Film Daily and Variety, however, Marion Orth's adaptation was suggested by another Stratton-Porter novel, A Girl of the Limberlost. Sterling Pictures, a production company established in November 1936 by W. Ray Johnston and Scott R. Dunlap, was subsumed by Monogram in 1937. A news item in Hollywood Reporter in October 1937 noted that Milburn Stone had been selected to play "the lead" in Romance of the Limberlost, however, it is not clear which character he was to have portrayed. The picture was selected as the Best Picture of the Month by Parents Magazine in its July 1938 issue. For additional information on Sterling Pictures, on Numbered Woman. For information on other film adaptations of Porter's novel, for A Girl of the Limberlost.