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Release Date:
20 December 1935 (USA) See more »
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THE FIRE OF THE SOUTH! The fury of love..! ...Romance rides across the pages of history..! 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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Not "GWTW", but still worthwhile. See more (6 total) »

Cast

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

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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since.See more »
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Not "GWTW", but still worthwhile., 22 June 2010
Author: GManfred from Ramsey, NJ

"So Red The Rose" is a forerunner of "Gone With The Wind" and there are several similarities apart from the Civil War backdrop. 'Rose' is in black and white and does not have the sweep or scope of the later picture. It is somewhat stagebound and takes place entirely on the Bedford plantation belonging to Margaret Sullavan's father, played by Walter Connolly. It is a story of the ante-bellum South which becomes the post-bellum South before the picture is over, and of one family in particular and how they manage the transition.

Like GWTW there is precious little action - one would expect a Civil War picture to have some second unit action, but no. The most we get are a few loud arguments, mostly from Miss Sullavan who is the pivotal figure in the film as Vivien Leigh was in hers. It is mainly a character study with a good, solid story to go with it. There is a sequence in which the slaves of the Bedford's realize they are free, but can't figure out what to do about it. I found it fascinating and gives one pause as to what it must have been like to suddenly find yourself a free man after a lifetime of slavery. This is the type of situation that a master director like King Vidor can bring off - a completely human instance tailor-made for him and which he illustrated in "The Crowd"(1928).

This is a good movie and a good story. I thought it had some touches that GWTW did not - what it doesn't have is length (at only 80 minutes), scope and a PR campaign behind it like the more famous film. But it is well worth seeing in its own right.

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