Wild Geese is based on a novel by Martha Ostenso, originally serialized in the pages of The Pictorial Review. The story is set in rural Minnesota, where farm wife Amelia Gare (Belle Bennett) is forced to endure the tyranny of her domineering husband Caleb Gare (Russell Simpson). In spite of everything, Amelia does her utmost to make certain that her children will be able to survive -- and, hopefully, escape -- their cruel paterfamilias. As it turns out, however, the family is "liberated" only by the long-overdue demise of Amelia's husband. It sounds stilted and cliched, but contemporary reviewers noted that the film was rescued by its actors, who offered three-dimensional characterizations rather than stock stereotypes. Wild Geese was geared primarily to "regional" audiences, who responded enthusiastically.
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