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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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Marvin Blake
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Betty Wright
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Madge
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Roland Neal
David Landau ...
Tom Blake
Berton Churchill ...
Norwood
Dorothy Peterson ...
Lilly Blake
Russell Simpson ...
Uncle Joe
Tully Marshall ...
Slick
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)
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A Blind Negro
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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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They said this book was "throbbing, vital, absorbing." (N.Y. American) You'll say the same thing about the picture! 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: I'd like to kiss you, but I just washed my hair.
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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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Old Folks at Home (Swanee River)
(1851) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
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Bette Davis Takes Charge
29 June 2009 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Cotton-picking farm boy Richard Barthelmess (as Marvin Blake) is saddened by the sudden death of his father, who was conflicted by young Barthelmess' growing fondness for higher education. In order to support his poor family, Barthelmess goes to work for the sharecroppers' miserly plantation owner, Berton Churchill (as Lane Norwood), who also pays for his schooling. Alas, an educated Barthelmess causes political trouble for his fatherly employer.

Barthelmess is really too old to be playing a school-age kid. The costume, lighting, and make-up do not hide the strain. Fortunately, Barthelmess, a fine actor, would follow this with some more suitable roles, like "Heroes for Sale" (1933). "The Cabin in the Cotton" has good direction (by Michael Curtiz), an interesting story, and a finely-wizened supporting cast. Barthelmess' leading ladies are sweet Dorothy Jordan (as Betty Wright) and sassy Bette Davis (as Madge Norwood). Ms. Davis, who delivers the memorable line, "I'd like to kiss ya, but I just washed my hair," is outstanding.

***** The Cabin in the Cotton (10/15/32) Michael Curtiz ~ Richard Barthelmess, Bette Davis, Dorothy Jordan, Berton Churchill


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