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20 December 1935 (USA) See more »
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SO RED THE ROSE is King Vidor's quietly affecting Civil War romance, starring Margaret Sullavan as a Southern aristocrat... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Margaret Sullavan ... Valette Bedford

Walter Connolly ... Malcolm Bedford

Randolph Scott ... Duncan Bedford
Janet Beecher ... Sally Bedford
Elizabeth Patterson ... Mary Cherry

Robert Cummings ... George Pendleton
Harry Ellerbe ... Edward Bedford

Dickie Moore ... Middleton Bedford
Charles Starrett ... George McGehee
Johnny Downs ... Yankee boy
Daniel L. Haynes ... William Veal

Clarence Muse ... Cato
James Burke ... Major Rushton
Warner Richmond ... Confederate Sergeant
Alfred Delcambre ... Charles Tolliver
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Allen ... Confederate Officer (uncredited)
Stanley Andrews ... Cavalry Captain (uncredited)
Leroy Broomfield ... Slave (uncredited)
E.H. Calvert ... Cavalry Major (uncredited)
Stephen Chase ... Soldier (uncredited)
Luke Cosgrave ... Prophet (uncredited)
Hal Craig ... Soldier (uncredited)
Edward Gargan ... Cavalryman (uncredited)
Kid Herman ... Slave (uncredited)
Alex Hill ... Scipio (uncredited)
Lloyd Ingraham ... Officer (uncredited)
John Larkin ... Cato's Companion (uncredited)
Baron James Lichter ... Soldier (uncredited)
Billy McClain ... Servant in Kitchen (uncredited)
Charles Morris ... Officer (uncredited)
David Newell ... Soldier (uncredited)
Paul Parry ... Soldier (uncredited)
Emma Reed ... Old Servant (uncredited)
Oscar Smith ... Slave (uncredited)
Madame Sul-Te-Wan ... Slave (uncredited)
Duke York ... Soldier (uncredited)

Directed by
King Vidor 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Maxwell Anderson 
Edwin Justus Mayer 
Laurence Stallings 
Stark Young  novel

Produced by
Douglas MacLean .... producer
Original Music by
W. Franke Harling 
Cinematography by
Victor Milner 
Film Editing by
Eda Warren 
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier 
Ernst Fegté 
Costume Design by
Travis Banton (uncredited)
Sound Department
Mesenkop Louis H. .... sound recordist
Harold Lewis .... sound recordist
Music Department
Hugo Friedhofer .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Herman Hand .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Friedrich Hollaender .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
John Leipold .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Max Reese .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Adolph Zukor .... presenter

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82 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
USA:Approved (PCA #1173)

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One scene, which called for 500 African American extras, was shot on a city-wide "Maid's Day Off" in Los Angeles.See more »
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5 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
A Preliminary Sketch for GWTW, 23 April 2004
Author: theowinthrop from United States

I saw this film on television (channel 21 I believe) back in the 1980s. It was okay, and (given the standards of racial stereotypes in 1935)actually ahead of its time in one scene. Otherwise, it is a pale sketch for Gone With The Wind. I think the reason is that whatever failings on racial grounds haunt us regarding Margaret Mitchell's novel, Miss Mitchell created memorable characters in Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler (and yes, even in Mammy)while the screenplay writers and the novelist who wrote SO RED THE ROSE did not do so. Also, the disasters facing Margaret Sullivan's world (while ruinous) are not as visually nightmarish to us as Scarlet's finding her father insane and her mother dead, or of seeing Atlanta burn. There are moments in SO RED that subtly show the size of the disaster - the death of the weakened defeated Walter Conolly, as he returns home in his carriage, for example. But while sad, it just does not hold a candle to the collapse of the ante-bellum Atlanta in GWTW.

The one moment that does stand out (and stands out against the normal racist rubbish of the 1930s) was when Sullivan confronts her slaves, who have heard the Yankee troops are approaching and they may be free. She tries to control them with reminders of how good her family was to them (although - tellingly - she slaps one who dare suggests its wasn't all that great). But further bad news reaches her, and she collapses. The slaves look at her - and walk away to desert the plantation. No scene like that is in GWTW, but I suspect it happened far more frequently than Margaret Mitchell would have preferred to have know of.

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