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The Cabin in the Cotton (1932)

 -  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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Norwood
Dorothy Peterson ...
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Henry B. Walthall ...
Eph Clinton
Edmund Breese ...
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Erville Alderson ...
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William Le Maire ...
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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 <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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EVERY 2 YEARS BARTHELMESS MAKES HISTORY! 1920--"BROKEN BLOSSOMS" 1922--"TOL'ABLE DAVID" 1924--"BRIGHT SHAWL" 1926--"PATENT LEATHER KID" 1928--"WEARY RIVER" 1930--"DAWN PATROL" 1932--"CABIN IN THE COTTON" (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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15 October 1932 (USA)  »

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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 »

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Madge: Cigarette?
Marvin Blake: No Thanks.
Madge: Don't drink, don't smoke... you'll be a preacher yet, won't you Marvin, or something different...? But you'll have to get loose from them.
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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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Sharecroppers, planters, and a very young Bette Davis
26 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Cabin in the Cotton," made in 1932, is famous for a blond, 23-year-old Bette Davis saying, "Ah'd love to kiss ya, but ah just washed mah hairah," a completely meaningless line that she made fun of in the '70s when she was touring with John Springer.

She's very pretty here, and plays the haughty daughter of a planter who's after Richard Barthelmess.

The film is a serious one, made during the depression, about the plight of sharecroppers who are exploited by planters. It's actually a compelling story. Unfortunately, I have never been a fan of Richard Barthelmess in sound films, so there for me, it falls short.

Worth seeing, and if you're a Davis fan, don't miss this.


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