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The Cabin in the Cotton (1932)

TV-G | | Drama | 15 October 1932 (USA)
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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Betty Wright
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Roland Neal
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Tom Blake
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Lane Norwood
Dorothy Peterson ...
Lilly Blake
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Uncle Joe
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Slick
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Eph Clinton
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Holmes Scott
John Marston ...
Russell Carter
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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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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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15 October 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Hütte im Baumwollfeld  »

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Trivia

Bette Davis later confessed she was a virgin when she made the film. "Yes, that's absolutely true. No question about it," she added for emphasis. "But my part called for me to exude raging sexuality. Well, if they had known I was still a virgin, they wouldn't have believed I could carry it off. They wouldn't have trusted me if they'd known, but no one asked. It was assumed that a young actress had lived a bit of a loose life." See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain When She Comes
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Played by the jazz band for the "Peckerwood Wiggle" dance at Madge's party
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Bette Davis shines as a Southern Vamp
21 August 2001 | by (Toronto, Ontario) – See all my reviews

For those who are looking for a thoughtful and socially relevant Hollywood film, Cabin In The Cotton is it. The movie is rather quaint, even compared to other films of its time, but that's part of its charm.

The subject matter is unusual, in that both the struggling sharecroppers, and the wealthy land owners are portrayed as flawed individuals. Bette Davis performance as Madge gave her an early career opportunity to impress critics. Unlike her future roles, though, it isn't large or challenging. There is enough there to allow her to be a vulnerable,spoiled, and sexy minx. She also has eccentric dialogue and a glamorous wardrobe. Richard Barthelmess, in the lead role, as well as the supporting players, give very authentic performances. The cinematography is striking,giving the film a realistic rural atmosphere. A powerful and intelligent scene near the end reminds us that, in any profession, the necessary relationship between labor and management will always be a difficult battle.


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