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The Southerner (1945)

 -  Drama  -  30 April 1945 (USA)
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The life of the poor Tucker family, that worked as cotton pluggers and decided to get their own ground, but nature is against them.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zachary Scott ...
Sam Tucker
Betty Field ...
Nona Tucker
J. Carrol Naish ...
Devers
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Granny Tucker
Percy Kilbride ...
Harmie
Charles Kemper ...
Tim
Blanche Yurka ...
Mama Tucker
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Lizzie
Paul Harvey ...
Ruston
Noreen Nash ...
Becky Devers
Jack Norworth ...
Dr. White
Nestor Paiva ...
Bartender
Paul E. Burns ...
Uncle Pete Tucker (as Paul Burns)
Jay Gilpin ...
Jot Tucker
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Sam Tucker, a cotton picker, in search of a better future for his family, decides to grow his own cotton crop. In the first year, the Tuckers battle disease, a flood, and a jealous neighbor. Can they make it as farmers? Written by George S. Davis

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30 April 1945 (USA)  »

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Hold Autumn in Your Heart  »

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Based on the novel "Hold Autumn in your Hand", by George Sessions Perry, which won the first National Book Award in 1941. See more »

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Hard Times, Good Earth
8 March 2007 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Beautifully shot, absorbing film about the close-knit Tucker clan - Sam (Zachary Scott), the handsome dad who loves being a farmer, Nona (Betty Field), a good wife and mother who always seems to look well-groomed in spite of her hard work, two really cute kids, and then there's ornery old Granny (Beulah Bondi), she of the sharp tongue and stubborn will. In a gorgeously photographed scene where they are working for hire in the bright, sunlit fields picking cotton - the couple watches as their Uncle dies in the fields saying in his last breath "Grow your own crops", and they decide to do just that. Soon they have rented a property where they can raise cotton and be their own masters, so to speak - well, the house turns out to be nothing but a broken-down, ramshackle shack, the whole place needs loads and loads of work - but one good thing" it has "good earth". Troubles ensue - trouble with the neighbors, trouble getting food, sickness troubles, weather troubles, oh brother!

Well, this is an excellent, heartfelt, and well photographed film done in an unusual, distinctive style. The actors who play the Tucker family do a good job in making this actually seem like a real family and make you want to root for them - but it is Beulah Bondi as cantankerous Granny who really steals this film for me - I really enjoyed her scenes and thought they added a little spice to this! The hardships this clan has to go through can be hard to watch sometimes, but the story is involving and the film is quite memorable.


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