God's Country and the Woman

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God's Country and the Woman
God's Country and the Woman poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by William Keighley
Produced by Louis F. Edelman
Screenplay by Norman Reilly Raine
Story by Peter Milne
Charles Belden
Based onGod's Country and the Woman
1915 novel
by James Oliver Curwood
Starring George Brent
Beverly Roberts
Barton MacLane
Robert Barrat
Alan Hale, Sr.
Joe King
Music by Max Steiner
Cinematography Tony Gaudio
Edited by Jack Killifer
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • January 16, 1937 (1937-01-16)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited States

God's Country and the Woman is a 1937 American Technicolor drama film directed by William Keighley and written by Norman Reilly Raine. The film stars George Brent, Beverly Roberts, Barton MacLane, Robert Barrat, Alan Hale, Sr. and Joe King. The film is based on a 1915 novel by James Oliver Curwood entitled God's Country and the Woman and was released by Warner Bros. on January 16, 1937. [1] [2] [3]


Warner Brothers' first feature-length film in full Technicolor. Filmed on location near Mount St. Helens in Washington state. [4]


Competing lumber companies, The Russett Company and Barton Lumber Company compete for lumber in the Northwest. A lumberjack has his eye on a woman, in the midst of the forest in the Northwest.



Writing for Night and Day in 1937, Graham Greene gave the film a mildly poor review, commenting that "it isn't a very good film, and [the fim] is hardly improved by [the addition of] Technicolor. Focusing on the Technicolor aspect of the film, Greene suggests that there are some "very pretty shots of trees cutting huge arcs against the sky as they fall", however he notes that the "fast cutting and quick dissolves confirms [his] belief that colour will put the film back technically twelve years". Greene also wryly observed the reactions from more established critics, and quoted sections from the negative review given by The Sunday Times' Sydney Carroll whose principal complaint had been about the heartbreaking mistreatment of the arboreal foliage by the techniques of Technicolor. [5]

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  4. http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/76554/God-s-Country-and-the-Woman/articles.html
  5. Greene, Graham (15 July 1937). "God's Country and the Women/Michael Strogoff". Night and Day . (reprinted in: Taylor, John Russell, ed. (1980). The Pleasure Dome. Oxford University Press. pp. 154–155. ISBN   0192812866.)