Way Down East (1935) - Rotten Tomatoes

Way Down East (1935)





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This tragic melodrama centers upon an impoverished gamin who lost everything after a wicked millionaire tricked her into a marriage and impregnated her. The baby doesn't survive the ordeal, and the poor girl ends up sheltered by a puritanical farm family. While there, she falls in love with the son.


Rochelle Hudson
as Anna Moore
Henry Fonda
as David Bartlett
George "Slim" Summerville
as Constable Seth Holcomb
Edward Trevor
as Lennox Sanderson
Russell Simpson
as Squire Bartlett
Spring Byington
as Mrs. Bartlett
Margaret Hamilton
as Martha Perkins
Sara Haden
as Cordelia Peabody
Andy Devine
as Hi Holler
Clem Bevans
as Doc Wiggin
Seymour and Corncob
as Rube Comedians
Al Lydell
as Hank Woolwine
Ann Doran
as Hired Girl
Ray Hoback
as Violinist
Kay Hammond
as Mrs. Stackpole
Vera Lewis
as Mrs. Poole
Florence Gill
as Woman for Quilting Party
Lucille Ward
as Woman for Quilting Party
Brenda Sue Fowler
as Woman for Quilting Party
Claire Whitney
as Woman for Quilting Party
Louis King
as Minister
Bill Borzage
as Musician
Harry C. Bradley
as Mr. Peabody
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Critic Reviews for Way Down East

All Critics (1)

Rochelle Hudson and Henry Fonda both give mild and pleasant performances in the chief roles.

August 12, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Way Down East


Old story of a fallen woman trying to start anew until gossip leads to near tragedy. Nothing special but professionally done with a very young Henry Fonda, in only his second film, earnest as the son and wonderful character actresses Spring Byington and Margaret Hamilton as a warm and understanding mother and a troublemaker respectively. The big ice floe finale doesn't hold a candle to the Lillian Gish classic original.

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