The story of an innocent country girl who is seduced and betrayed by a city slicker, WAY DOWN EAST was, after THE BIRTH OF A NATION (1914), the most popular film of D.W. Griffith's career. Based on a beloved but hokey stage melodrama, the movie is today noted chiefly for its legendary
climactic episode: a harrowingly realistic sequence in which the hero hurdles a succession of floating ice blocks to save the heroine from being washed over the falls.
Anna Moore (Lillian Gish) lives with her mother (Mrs. David Landau) in a remote New England village. As poverty approaches, Mrs. Moore sends her daughter to Boston to solicit money from a rich relative (Josephine Ber...