The Cabin in the Cotton (1932)

TV-G  |   |  Drama  |  15 October 1932 (USA)
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A tenant farmer's son is caught in the middle of owner-tenant disputes when he falls for the plantation owner's seductive daughter.



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Complete credited cast:
Betty Wright
Roland Neal
David Landau ...
Dorothy Peterson ...
Lilly Blake
Russell Simpson ...
Uncle Joe
Henry B. Walthall ...
Eph Clinton
Edmund Breese ...
Holmes Scott
John Marston ...
Russell Carter
Erville Alderson ...
Sock Fisher
William Le Maire ...
Jake Fisher (as William LeMaire)
A Blind Negro


Sharecropper's son Marvin tries to help his community overcome poverty and ignorance. While working in the general store he learns that the owner has been cheating his tenants. He is in love with owner's daughter, Madge, but sides with the tenants in his threat to expose the planters and their cheating. Written by Ed Stephan <>

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Heart-racked by soul-stirring emotions...position and wealth beckoning...A seductive daughter of the rich madly yielding in his arms...The call of his people and childhood sweetheart ringing in his ears...Would you make the same decision as BARTHELMESS See more »




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Release Date:

15 October 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Hütte im Baumwollfeld  »

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Bette Davis said in an interview with Barbara Walters that "I'd like to kiss you but I just washed my hair" was her all-time favorite movie line. See more »


Ms. Madge enters the Dry Goods store owned by her father ( at about 10.78 minutes), and asks Marvin to a party that begins at 8:30. While Madge is running to her home after saying the famous line,"I'd like ta kiss ya but I've just washed my hair," she tells him the party is at 8:00. So the party goes from 8:30 to 8:00 for no reason. See more »


Madge: Your head is full o' plans, isn't it, darlin', full o' plans.
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Foreword In many parts of the South today, there exists an endless dispute between the rich land-owners, known as planters and the poor cotton pickers, known as tenants or 'peckerwoods'. The planters supply the tennants with the simple requirements of every day life and in return the tennants work the land year in and year out. A hundred volumes could be written on the rights and wrongs of both parties, but it is not the object of the producers of 'The Cabin in the Cotton' to take sides. We are only concerned with an effort to picturize these conditions. See more »


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Love Theme
(1932) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played at Madge's party as dance music while Madge and Marvin are outside
Reprised on radio when Madge and Marvin are alone
Reprised as background music when Madge pleads to Marvin not to leave
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Drawling Davis steals the show...
16 October 2007 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

It's the Planters vs. the Tenants (but the producers object to taking sides!). Hilariously hoary drama from First National Pictures involves a studious young man, son of Southern cotton-pickers, who graduates from school and takes a job as bookkeeper to a surly land-owner who wants to know who's been stealing his cotton. The boss's firebrand daughter is played by a very young, very blond Bette Davis, easily slipping into Southern Belle mode while pulling some real zingers out of the musty script ("I'd love to kiss ya, but I just washed mah hair...'bye!"). The leading role is played by former silent-screen star Richard Barthelmess, who hasn't adjusted his acting techniques to this improved movie-medium and looks woefully stiff (with a pasty, silent-era make-up job). Dorothy Jordan is the poor girl he loves--she's pretty lively, but this is really Davis' show. ** from ****

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