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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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Vidor's humanism shines through. 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)
 
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Adolph Zukor .... presenter
 

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Runtime:
82 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Certification:
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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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Vidor's humanism shines through., 1 April 2000
Author: David Atfield (bits@alphalink.com.au) from Canberra, Australia

This movie seems to end just when it should begin. This story of the old South cannot fail to be compared with "Gone With the Wind", as it tells the story of a Southern family just before, during and just after the Civil War. The house even looks like Tara. But "So Red the Rose" finishes way too early and with an awful abruptness. Vidor has just begun to explore the ambiguities of the Civil War when the music swells and it's all over. With his characteristic humanism he looks at the conflict amongst the newly freed slaves - what do they do with this freedom? How will they eat? And must they now hate their former masters even those they once loved? And there are conflicts amongst the white folks too - especially when an innocent young Yankee asks the family for help. Can they allow this boy to be hanged? Is he not just like the son they lost? But before Vidor can really explore these issues the film is over.

Strong performances from Margaret Sullavan, Walter Connolly, Elizabeth Patterson and especially Janet Beecher give the film a solid base - and Vidor's technical skill and Victor Milner's cinematography give the film beauty. But it is Vidor's humanism that gives it heart. He was a remarkable artist - much over-looked by film historians. "So Red the Rose" is not a great film, but it is a remarkable one.

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