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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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Dude Lester
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Ada Lester
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Captain Tim
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Peabody
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Lov
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George Payne
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Grandma
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Chief of Police
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County Clerk
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Teller
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Auto Dealer
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Mayor
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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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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AFTER EIGHT YEARS OF SENSATIONAL STAGE SUCCESS...IT'S ON THE SCREEN AT LAST! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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7 March 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El camino del tabaco  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Trivia

The movie was banned in Australia for unspecified reasons, but generally had few censorship problems. 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

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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Connections

Spoofed in Tabasco Road (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Shall We Gather at the River?
(uncredited)
Written by Robert Lowry
Sung a cappella by Marjorie Rambeau and Charley Grapewin
Reprised by Charles Halton, Spencer Charters and others at the marriage bureau
Played as background music often
Sung by an offscreen chorus at the end
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Annoying and Boring
30 June 2008 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Georgia, near to the Savannah River, the lazy and crook hillbilly Jeeter Lester (Charley Grapewin) lives in the Tobacco Road with his wife Ada (Elizabeth Patterson), his son Dude (William Tracy) and his single daughter Ellie May (Gene Tierney) in a very poor condition. When the bank decides to take over his land, the banker George Payne (Grant Mitchell) is convinced by his friend Capt. Tim Harmon (Dana Andrews) to lease the land to Jeeter for US$ 100.00 per year. Jeeter plots a means to loan the amount from the widow Sister Bessie Rice (Marjorie Rambeau) that has just received U$ 800.00 from the life insurance company. However, Bessie decides to get married with Dude and uses the money to buy a brand new car for Dude. Jeeter plots a means to sell her car while he tries to marry Ellie May with his son-in-law Lov Bensey (Ward Bond) that was left by his wife.

"Tobacco Road" is absolutely overrated with a boring story that is not funny and annoying characters. Dude honking the horn of the car is irritating; Jeeter is a small time crook and thief that steals his own family and it is impossible to feel any empathy or sympathy for such hillbilly. My vote is four.

Title (Brazil): "Caminhos Ásperos" ("Rough Ways")


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