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Swamp Water (1941)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 23 May 1942 (Mexico)
A hunter happens upon a fugitive and his daughter living in a Georgia swamp. He falls in love with the girl and persuades the fugitive to return to town.

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Thursday Ragan
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Julie
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Ben
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Mabel MacKenzie
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Jesse Wick
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Hannah
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Sheriff Jeb McKane
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Tim Dorson
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Bud Dorson (as Guinn Williams)
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Marty McCord
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Hardy Ragan (as Joseph Sawyer)
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Tulle McKenzie (as Paul Burns)
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Fred Ulm
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A hunter happens upon a fugitive and his daughter living in a Georgia swamp. He falls in love with the girl and persuades the fugitive to return to town. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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23 May 1942 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

L'étang tragique  »

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Budget:

$601,900 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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(Sepiatone)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The epilogue of the film reads: "The actual photography of scenes in the Okefenokee Swamp of Georgia was made possible through the cooperation of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge for which appreciation is hereby expressed." See more »

Quotes

Thursday Ragan: If you'd a minded me, and kept outen that swamp like I told you Ben, you wouldn't be in no fix like you're in... What's the matter boy?
Ben: If you'll be giving me my clothes, I'll be takin' myself offen your hands.
Thursday Ragan: No, you won't - you'll be quiet now. You're sick Ben.
Ben: I ain't so sick I have to lay here and listen to you give me down the country. I knowed that was all you drug me out of that crick for.
Thursday Ragan: I drug you out because you was my boy.
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Old Classic
29 May 2001 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

I can remember seeing this movie as a kid and getting the bejesus scared out of me. The darkness and uncertainty of the swamp terrified my young imagination and the image of the skull atop a cross touched all my Roman Catholic primal fears. My impression of the swamp, i.e., crocs, gaters and snakes, topped with a dark image of the fugitive played by Walter Brennan, lasted for years. Now, I do recall there being a video (although none is listed here), because I did see it again a few years back. The shock of the darkness of the film was dulled by over 50 years of life but the Gothic quality of the story along with the fine characterization of Renoir makes this film a classic. Walter Huston is great in his curmudgeon role as the young Dana Andrews's father married to a younger woman who's getting moves laid on by ever villainous John Carridine. The presence of great character actors Guinn"Big Boy" Williams, Ward Bond and gravel-voiced Eugene Palette adds much to the texture of the film. Too, the young Anne Baxter is superb as the daughter of Brennan and the female interest of Dana Andrews. The story line seems a bit tame, by today's standards but holds up well. All in all, this is a satisfying film well done and provocative. Check it out.


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