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The Country Beyond

The Country Beyond(1936)

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The opening title card reads "James Oliver Curwood's The Country Beyond." The story, which originally appeared in Cosmopolitan in July 1921, was the first in a series of nine related stories published in succeeding issues through March 1922. These stories were collected in the volume The Country Beyond. The screen credits refer to the work by Curwood as a novel. According to news items, snow scenes were shot in Truckee, CA and some other scenes were shot in Ventura and near Chatsworth, CA. According to the pressbook, Dr. Roy Burdick was with the troupe at Truckee. This was Robert Kent's first film in which he used that name; previously, he appeared under his given name, Douglas Blackley. According to a Daily Variety news item, Rita Cansino, later known as Rita Hayworth, was cast in the female lead after Rochelle Hudson, who originally had the role, was moved to Ramona (see below). Hudson subsequently did not play in Ramona and returned to play the lead in this film. George Kirby is listed as a cast member in Hollywood Reporter production charts; his participation in the final film has not been verified. In 1926, Fox produced a film based on the same source, which was directed by Irving Cummings and starred Olive Borden and Ralph Graves (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.1029); however, the plot of that film bears little resemblance to that of the 1936 version.