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Tobacco Road (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 7 March 1941 (USA)
Hillbilly family life in 1941 rural Georgia.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
William Tracy ...
Dude Lester
Ada Lester
Captain Tim
George Payne
Zeffie Tilbury ...
Chief of Police
Spencer Charters ...
County Clerk
Auto Dealer


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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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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Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews get barely 5 minutes of screen time each. Gene gets just half a dozen lines to speak See more »


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


Lov Bensey: I ain't tradin' turnips with nobody.
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Referenced in Green Acres: Arnold, Boy Hero (1968) See more »


Bringing in the Sheaves
Music by George A. Minor
Lyrics by Knowles Shaw
Sung a cappella by Marjorie Rambeau, William Tracy, Charles Halton and others at the marriage bureau
Played as background music often
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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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