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24 July 1942 (Portugal) See more »
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A hunter happens upon a fugitive and his daughter living in a Georgia swamp. He falls in love with the... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Surprisingly good. See more (25 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Walter Brennan ... Tom Keefer

Walter Huston ... Thursday Ragan

Anne Baxter ... Julie

Dana Andrews ... Ben
Virginia Gilmore ... Mabel MacKenzie

John Carradine ... Jesse Wick
Mary Howard ... Hannah

Eugene Pallette ... Sheriff Jeb McKane

Ward Bond ... Tim Dorson
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Bud Dorson (as Guinn Williams)
Russell Simpson ... Marty McCord
Joe Sawyer ... Hardy Ragan (as Joseph Sawyer)
Paul E. Burns ... Tulle McKenzie (as Paul Burns)
Dave Morris ... Barber
Frank Austin ... Fred Ulm
Matt Willis ... Miles Tonkin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edward Clark ... Townsman (uncredited)
Joan Delmer ... Young Girl (uncredited)
Red Larkin ... Clem Hooper (uncredited)

Mae Marsh ... Mrs. McCord (uncredited)
Charles Miller ... Fiskus (uncredited)
Sherman Sanders ... Caller (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean Renoir 
Irving Pichel (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Vereen Bell  novel
Dudley Nichols 

Produced by
Len Hammond .... associate producer
Irving Pichel .... producer
Darryl F. Zanuck .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
David Buttolph 
 
Cinematography by
J. Peverell Marley (director of photography) (as Peverell Marley)
Lucien Ballard (director of photography) (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Walter Thompson 
 
Art Direction by
Richard Day 
Joseph C. Wright 
 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little 
 
Costume Design by
Gwen Wakeling 
 
Makeup Department
Guy Pearce .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
William Koenig .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sid Bowen .... assistant director (uncredited)
Ewing Scott .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Alfred Bruzlin .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Hugo Friedhofer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
David Raksin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Herbert W. Spencer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Harry Brand .... director of publicity (uncredited)
Irving Pichel .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Rennie Renfro .... dog trainer (uncredited)
 
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88 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (2006) | USA:Approved (PCA #7565)

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Linda Darnell was originally cast in the female lead, and never hid her disappointment when finding out that she had been replaced by Anne Baxter.See more »
Quotes:
Ben:We'll get out Keefer - if I have to bash you in the head when you ain't looking.
Tom Keefer:Bud, there ain't no man livin' can catch me when I ain't lookin'.
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Surprisingly good., 30 June 2010
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

Considering that Hollywood's view of the South consisted of films like "L'il Abner" and "Swing Your Lady" during this era, the fact that "Swamp Water" turned out so good is a bit of a surprise. What's even more surprising is that this film about the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia was directed by a Frenchman, Jean Renoir.

The film is set along the edges of the swamp. Apparently the locals all are a bit afraid of going into the treacherous swamp and if they do, it's only in groups. Considering all the gators and snakes, it's easy to see why they avoid it! However, when Dana Andrews' dog gets lost there, he ventures into the swamp alone. Instead of dying or never finding his way back, he meets up with a wanted man (Walter Brennan). Despite Brennan being wanted for murder for the last five years, it soon becomes apparent he's too nice a guy to have killed anyone--and Andrews agrees to keep his whereabouts secret and become his partner in the fur trapping trade.

In addition to this major plot thread, several other seemingly divergent plot elements occur during the course of the film--and by the end they all come together. First, Andrews' mother has been allowing an old boyfriend (John Carradine) to spend time at the house when her older husband (Walter Huston) is gone on hunting trips. While she rebuffs Carradine's advances, you wonder why she doesn't tell him to leave---so it's obvious she' ambivalent about this. When the husband finds out she's been with another man, things get tense--but he has no idea who the man was. And, there is another plot involving two rough and nasty brothers (Ward Bond and Guinn Williams) who just seem to be up to no good! Finally, there is a blossoming love between Brennan's daughter (Anne Baxter) and Andrews.

So why did I like the film? Well, I appreciated how although the actors approximated accents of the locale, it was NOT exaggerated and the people were not made out to be a bunch of ignorant yokels. While I am sure the film would not be one recommended by the Georgia Department of Tourism, the film clearly is not offensive or overdone. The acting is good, the complex plot involving and interesting. While not exactly a great film, it did have some nice tense moments and was quite enjoyable.

By the way, despite the nice Midwest sort of 'perfect' accent, Dana Andrews was Mississippi-born! Interesting.

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