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Lure of Crooning Water, The (1920)


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Georgette, an actress, is suffering from nervous exhaustion in her elegant London apartment. Her friend, a doctor, arranges for her to go to the country for a rest cure. She arrives at the station where she is picked up by the farmer, Horace, in a cart. She immediately pigeonholes him as a vulgar bumpkin, while he makes no effort to hide that he thinks her a snooty idler.

They are thrown together in the course of her stay at Crooning Water and she amuses herself by flirting with him. She clearly has had some practice at this and soon he becomes obsessed by his feelings for her. The long suffering wife, meanwhile, must carry on with the heavy labour of running the farm and looking after the children. During a thunderstorm the relationship reaches a point of no return, and she begins to realise she also has feelings for him, after which she decides she must leave and return to the City.

He turns his back on home and family and follows her there but, confessing his feelings to the doctor, he is shown Georgette in her own environment. They meet and she says she no longer loves him - only the things he stood for and tells him of her unhappy past: "men men, men, always". He returns to the farm where he and Rachael cannot even talk to each other.

The doctor berates Georgette for what she has done and she returns to the farm to try and put it right. A crisis of a sick child brings husband and wife together and Georgette quietly leaves.