The Romance of Rosy Ridge (1947)

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Janet Leigh makes an impressive debut alongside Van Johnson in this historical romance in which a farmer's daughter falls in love with a man who fought against her family in the Civil War. ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Carson
Gill MacBean
Lissy Anne MacBean
Ben Mac Bean
Selena Royle ...
Sairy MacBean
Charles Dingle ...
John Dessark
Andrew MacBean
Cal Baggett
Elisabeth Risdon ...
Emily Baggett
Badge Dessark
Russell Simpson ...
Dan Yeary
Ninny Nat
James Bell ...
John Willhart
Joyce Arling ...
Mrs. Willhart
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Janet Leigh makes an impressive debut alongside Van Johnson in this historical romance in which a farmer's daughter falls in love with a man who fought against her family in the Civil War. Into a Missouri farming community living in a state of constant tension due to conflicting pro-North and pro-South sentiments ambles ex-Union soldier Henry Carson (Van Johnson), who briefly camps out at the farm of unforgiving Confederate sympathizer Gill MacBean (Thomas Mitchell). Suspecting that Carson is up to no good, MacBean is outraged when the handsome stranger begins courting MacBean's daughter Lissy Anne (Leigh). Things come to a head dramatically when the heretofore easygoing Carson comes face to face with a band of hooded, night-riding barn burners who've been fomenting discord among the farmers.

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A LOVE - BORN OF VIOLENCE and a HATE that brought him face to face with his worst enemy - the father of his sweetheart!


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Release Date:

4 August 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Night Raiders  »

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Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Norma Shearer met Janet Leigh for the first time during production of this film. Shearer was responsible for Leigh's blossoming career because she discovered Leigh from a photograph at a ski lodge. Because of her advice and support, Leigh called Shearer her very own fairy godmother. See more »


Henry Carson: All those nights I was away from the farm, I dreamed of nothing but being up here. Place all fixed up and you waiting for me as I came up the trail. It's ours, Lissy. Nothing's gonna keep us from having it now.
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Referenced in Here's Lucy: Guess Who Owes Lucy $23.50 (1968) See more »

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1 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I found this movie very uplifting and I believe quite true. My grandmother married my grandfather in almost the same situation. He had come to TX and found her while attending a political rally. They fell in love and married almost right away. Her father, a confederate, disowned her an never saw her again, as my grandfather's dad had fought for the Union. As I was watching it was so well done I felt I was there. Van Johnson and Janet Leigh (even though very young and quite new) was real as it gets. Unfortunately the quality of the film is quite poor, but maybe it will be restored and offered for DVD sale. Dean Stockwell did a fantastic job and should have won an award. Also, Missouri being the state seemed almost real.

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