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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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"You'll be back here by tomorrow night, or not at all" See more (24 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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Producer Irving Pichel directed some scenes, uncredited.See more »
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Tom Keefer:I hope I didn't hurt you none; I tried to throw you easy like.See more »
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Referenced in 'Round Midnight (1986)See more »

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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
"You'll be back here by tomorrow night, or not at all", 12 January 2009
Author: ackstasis from Australia

If one had missed the opening credits, he would be forgiven for thinking that 'Swamp Water (1941)' was one of John Ford's lesser-known efforts. If the cast of familiar Ford faces – including Walter Brennan, Ward Bond and John Carradine – didn't lead you up the wrong path, then it's the smaller touches that characterise the director's Westerns: a close-knit community, an impassioned brawl, an innocent young lass, a significant father-son relationship. In this case, however, the credit doesn't belong to one of America's greatest filmmakers, but to the French equivalent {though it comes as no surprise that writer Dudley Nichols was a frequent Ford collaborator}. 'Swamp Water' was Jean Renoir's first picture following his migration to Hollywood in the early 1940s. Interestingly, considering the distinctive brand of auterist film-making evident in 'The Rules of the Game (1939)' just two years earlier, there's little here to suggest that Renoir is seated behind the camera. Aside from a waterbound opening shot that calls to mind several scenes from 'A Day in the Country (1936),' this film bears little resemblance to the other seven Renoirs I've seen to date.

When hunter Ben Ragan (Dana Andrews, in an early role) ventures into the feared Okefenokee swamp to retrieve his lost dog, he happens upon the hiding-place of Tom Keefer (Walter Brennan), a convicted murderer who escaped custody and has been living in isolation for several years. Despite having become a rugged and slightly eccentric recluse, Keefer firmly professes his innocence and spares Ben's life, in exchange for keeping silent about his whereabouts. Back in town, and to his sweetheart's (Virginia Gilmore) chagrin, Ben befriends Keefer's daughter Julie (Anne Baxter), a raggedy young beauty who shies away from social interaction like a frightened kitten {fortunately for her career, Baxter would play a substantially more independent character in Wilder's 'Five Graves to Cairo (1943),' and I certainly don't need to mention 'All About Eve (1950)'}. Meanwhile, Ben's father Thursday (Walter Huston) watches out for the cowardly ruffian who has been bothering his younger wife Hannah (Mary Howard) – the perpetrator is, of course, the suitably pathetic John Carradine.

Even if it doesn't attain the dizzying heights of Renoir's other offerings, 'Swamp Water' deserves to be seen for his marvellous and atmospheric cinematography (the stifling swamp photography was captured by Peverell Marley) and strong performances. Andrews perhaps wasn't the most authentic actor of the 1940s, but here he plays the young hero with a tenacity that signalled a successful future in Hollywood. Huston is, of course, terrific, and I've found it interesting that he never seems to play the same character (to such an extent that in 'And Then There Were None (1945)' and 'Dragonwyck (1946)' it took me a while to even recognise him!). But the heart of the film belongs to Brennan, who comes across as sympathetic and likable without even trying, though he brings an added toughness to this role that I liked – by the way, how the heck did they film the snake-bite scene without risking their top-billed star? I don't know if 'Swamp Water' could be confidently recommended to fans of its French director, but John Ford aficionados could certainly do much worse.

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