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)
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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 <>

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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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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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She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain When She Comes
Played by the jazz band for the "Peckerwood Wiggle" dance at Madge's party
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Good Despite a Few Issues
9 August 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

The Cabin in the Cotton (1932)

*** (out of 4)

Set in the South, this melodrama from Warner deals with the rich plant owners who continue to get everything they want while the poor "tenants" continue to grow poorer and not being able to feed their children. Marvin Blake (Richard Barthelmess) grew up as one of the poor kids but after getting an education thanks to land owner Norwood (Berton Churchill) he's put in the middle of the two sides. THE CABIN IN THE COTTON isn't a complete success but the cast is so good and the direction by Michael Curtiz is so on the mark that you can't help but be entertained. The biggest thing going for the film are the performances with Barthelmess leading the way in his part as the man caught in the middle. I thought the actor did a very good job at being torn by the two sides and you really believe everything that his character is going through. Dorothy Jordan is good as the poor girl who loves him and Bette Davis is grand as the Southern Belle who's also after him. Davis is incredibly beautiful here and she fits the role perfectly and especially the now famous line dealing with her refusing to kiss because she's just washed her hair. Churchill is also very effective in his role as is David Landau, Tully Marshall and Henry B. Walthall. The biggest problem with the film is that it's quite predictable from start to finish. Also, there's a prologue saying that the producers aren't taking sides in the matter and that they're presenting this film "as is" it is in life. Well, I think having all the poor people being whites was a bit unfair and I do think this takes away from the film. Still, fans of the stars will still want to check this out.

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