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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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SWAMP WATER (Jean Renoir, 1941) *** See more (24 total) »

Cast

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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)
Red Larkin ... Clem Hooper (uncredited)

Mae Marsh ... Mrs. McCord (uncredited)
Charles Miller ... Fiskus (uncredited)
Sherman Sanders ... Caller (uncredited)
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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 »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
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Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (2006) | USA:Approved (PCA #7565)

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Original cinematographer Lucien Ballard was fired and replaced by J. Peverell Marley.See more »
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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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15 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
SWAMP WATER (Jean Renoir, 1941) ***, 24 June 2006
Author: MARIO GAUCI (marrod@melita.com) from Naxxar, Malta

If one didn't know beforehand who directed this film (which proved to be Renoir's U.S. debut), he would be excused for thinking it was made by John Ford - given the presence of a good number of his stock company of actors (Walter Brennan, John Carradine, Ward Bond, Russell Simpson) and the music score utilizing themes from THE GRAPES OF WRATH (1940), which was also a 20th Century-Fox production! Still, Renoir's uniquely humanist outlook is unmistakable - which is only betrayed by the one-dimensional Tweedle-Dee/Tweedle-Dum pairing of Bond (here practically duplicating his villainous role in Ford's YOUNG MR. LINCOLN [1939]) and Guinn Williams.

An altogether impressive production, with the overpowering atmosphere of the Okefenokee beautifully captured by Renoir and veteran cinematographer Peverell Marley (despite some obvious back-projection); the use of shadowy lighting is especially striking. Its concern with realism also extends to some rather physical violence for the time and a couple of unnerving scenes involving prowling alligators and snakes! Consequently, the film is vastly underrated in the director's canon (especially having now watched all his American features). While it may have served as a sort of dry run for Renoir's own THE SOUTHERNER (1945), the film also looks forward to INTRUDER IN THE DUST (1949) - which, similarly, dealt with a miscarriage of justice.

With regards to casting, I don't agree with Leonard Maltin who felt that Walter Brennan's fugitive constituted "bizarre miscasting" (certainly no more than his uncharacteristic if brilliant turn as Old Man Clanton in Ford's MY DARLING CLEMENTINE [1946]): despite receiving top billing, he appears very little but his presence permeates the entire film. Walter Huston is never less than good in anything he does, but his gruff patriarch here isn't all that central to the plot; interestingly, the actor later appeared in a film by another expatriate French director - Rene' Clair's AND THEN THERE WERE NONE (1945). Conversely, Dana Andrews makes quite an impression as his rebellious but subsequently heroic young son - and this film must surely have put him on his way to becoming a veritable leading-man. The film also has Andrews forsaking egotistical village belle Virginia Gilmore for the raggedy but radiant Anne Baxter (whose real identity has been shielded from most of the community). To spite Andrews, the former takes up with another man: the actor's face was familiar to me but I couldn't quite place it, that is, until I saw his name during the end credits - it was none other than Matt Willis, who would go on to play Bela Lugosi's werewolf acolyte in THE RETURN OF THE VAMPIRE (1944)! Similarly, Huston's young bride (played by Mary Howard) is pursued by an atypically meek, almost pitiful Carradine - though it later transpires that he was involved in Brennan's framing!

Surely one of the film's most endearing aspects is the unconditional love shown by both Andrews and Brennan to the former's wayward dog, hence the name of Trouble (which even occupies the film's very last shot via a well-deserved close-up!). As for the attractively-packaged DVD itself, the overall quality of the film's transfer was acceptable (though print damage was evident on occasion); I don't usually buy bare-bones discs, but the very reasonable price-tag and the fact that this rarely-screened film is as yet unavailable on R1 made the purchase virtually a no-brainer - and it has certainly made me game to pick up some more exclusive R2 stuff, above all the SE of Lewis Milestone's war drama THE PURPLE HEART (1944), also featuring Dana Andrews and a film I missed out on during my tenure in Hollywood...

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