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Way Down East is a 1935 remake of the 1920 silent film, itself based upon a 19th century play by Lottie Blair Parker. The story follows the fortunes of Anna Moore (Rochelle Hudson), a poor country girl who is tricked into a fake marriage with the selfish and cruel millionaire Lennox Sanderson (Edward Trevor). When she becomes pregnant, he promptly leaves her to fend for herself. When her baby dies, she wanders until she finds a job with hard-hearted Squire Amasa Bartlett (Russell Simpson). His son, David (Henry Fonda), falls in love with Anna, but she rejects him because of the tragic past that she is forced to keep secret. Lennox then arrives on the scene, and tries to persuade Anna to leave. She refuses, but when Squire Bartlett learns the truth about Anna, he throws her out into a harsh winter blizzard. David sets out to find her, leading to a famous climax in an icy river.