The New Pictures: The Good Earth

The Good Earth (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer). When Pearl Buck's novel The Good Earth appeared in 1931, it was at once acclaimed as the superlative word-picture of China. When Hollywood started to produce The Good Earth in 1933, it set out to make its picture equally superlative. Twenty writers, including Tess Slesinger, Marc Connelly, Talbot Jennings and Claudine West tried their band at adapting the stage version written by Owen and Donald Davis. Director George Hill went to China, returned with a boatload of authentic properties, presently committed suicide. Victor Fleming took the helm, quit...

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