Tobacco Road (1941)

Approved  |   |  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 overview, first billed only:
Marjorie Rambeau ...
William Tracy ...
Dude Lester
Elizabeth Patterson ...
Ada Lester
Captain Tim
George Payne
Zeffie Tilbury ...
Russell Simpson ...
Chief of Police
Spencer Charters ...
County Clerk
Irving Bacon ...
Harry Tyler ...
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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 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 <>

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Release Date:

7 March 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El camino del tabaco  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The early-1941 Ford Super De Luxe Convertible Club Coupe, driven by Harvey Parry, survived its ordeal. During filming it had been crashed into a 100-year-old sycamore tree, then backed out of the debris and driven fast to jump over a 20-foot stream (with the aid of a ramp), and thereafter smashed through several fences, sideswiped a two-ton truck (forcing the truck off the road), rammed through a tool shed (cut from final release), jumped a curb, splintered a park bench, rammed a station wagon, ran into two other trees and skidded until finally overturning. Following this, the car was set right by the crew and driven back to the studio by Parry. A studio employee, Arthur Webb, purchased the badly-damaged convertible from 20th Century-Fox and, with his brother Don, commenced to repair it with hundreds of hours of personal labor and $125 in new parts from a Beverly Hills dealership. See more »


The morning following a torrential rain storm, dirt roads are absolutely dry. See more »


Jeeter Lester: Why, Ada here never... never spoke a word to me for the first ten years we were married. Heh! Them were the happiest ten years of my life.
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Referenced in I Love Lucy: Men Are Messy (1951) See more »


Dixie's Land
(1860) (uncredited)
Written by Daniel Decatur Emmett (1860)
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Hillbilly Hell
4 September 2009 | by See all my reviews

After a bank purchases the land, a family of hillbillies faces eviction if it can't come up with the rent. Based on a Caldwell novel that in turn became a stage play, this is very broad comedy that rarely rises above the level of The Three Stooges. Grapewin plays a lazy farmer who has so many children that he and his wife can't keep track of them. Tracy is horribly over-the-top as one of the grown children living at home. Tierney is third billed as Tracy's useless sister but barely has a line of dialog. Rambeau does OK as a neighbor. Andrews plays the only character who has some dignity. Every once in a while Ford came up with a real clunker, and this is one of them.

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