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Tobacco Road (1941)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  7 March 1941 (USA)
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Shiftless Jeeter Lester and his family of hillbilly stereotypes live in a rural backwater where their ancestors were once wealthy planters. Their slapstick existence is threatened by a ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Marjorie Rambeau ...
Sister Bessie
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William Tracy ...
Dude Lester
Elizabeth Patterson ...
Ada Lester
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Captain Tim
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Peabody
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Lov
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George Payne
Zeffie Tilbury ...
Grandma
Russell Simpson ...
Chief of Police
Spencer Charters ...
County Clerk
Irving Bacon ...
Teller
Harry Tyler ...
Auto Dealer
Charles Halton ...
Mayor
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Storyline

Shiftless Jeeter Lester and his family of hillbilly stereotypes live in a rural backwater where their ancestors were once wealthy planters. Their slapstick existence is threatened by a bank's plans to take over the land for more profitable farming; subplots involve the affairs and marriages of son Dude and daughter Ellie May. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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7 March 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El camino del tabaco  »

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The Broadway play by Jack Kirkland based on Erskine Caldwell's novel opened 4 December 1933 and set a record for longevity on Broadway when it closed on 31 May 1941 after 3,281 performances. It was revived on Broadway twice in the next two years, bring its total running time there to nearly ten years (1933-1943). Opened at the Theatre Masque and then moved to the 48th Street Theatre followed by the Forrest Theatre for the original production. The play was revived in 1942, 1943 and 1950. The original Broadway production is the seventeenth longest running show ever as of February, 2013. See more »

Goofs

When the new car is tipped over, after being driven on dirt roads and through mud, the underside is spotless. See more »

Quotes

Lov Bensey: I want a young wife. I ain't gonna take no 23 year old woman for a wife, have everybody laughin' at me.
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Spoofed in Tabasco Road (1957) See more »

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(Gimme Dat) Old Time Religion
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Traditional spiritual
Sung a cappella by Marjorie Rambeau and Charley Grapewin
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One of my Top Five Films for years...
12 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is so Great because it is full of contrasts. One minute it is the most funny unbelievable thing you've ever seen and the next your in tears. The sadness and the hilarity are spliced together with moments of shock and horror. Tobacco Road exposes the sweet, sensitive and loving qualities of humanity, and at the same time remind us that we are riddled with meanness, selfishness, and stupidity. I have watched this film many times and never tire of viewing it, it always moves me. It has been one of my very favorites since I first saw it on American Movie Classics.

I just can't believe that it hasn't been remastered and released on DVD!!! I believe it was released on VHS years ago, it is super hard to find and goes for big $'s (and who uses VHS anymore anyway?) C'mon Criterion get with it, this movie deserves it. I got so desperate to see this Masterpiece that I bought a VHS copy on eBay but it is so terrible, blurry, fuzzy, and the sound inaudible, I would not dare share it with anyone because none of the Genius would be conveyed. This guy on eBay was selling lots to folks like myself wishing to have our own so we could watch it again and again, and share this Great Film with friends. It's the only film in my top 10, that hasn't been, or isn't scheduled for remastering. Come on re-master executives, what's the problem?


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