In 1860s Mississippi, the Dabneys, founders of the Dabney plantation in Levington, experience tragedy and turmoil when they refuse to join either side of the American Civil War.

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Tishomingo
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Aven Dabney
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Clay MacIvor
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Hoab Dabney
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Bruce Dabney
Arthur Shields ...
Reverend Kirkland
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Dr. MacIntosh
Sondra Rodgers ...
Shellie Dabney
Ruby Dandridge ...
Dabby
Russell Simpson ...
Big Sam Dabney
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Morna Dabney is engaged to soldier Clay MacIvor in the days before the War Between the States. Morna's grandfather Big Sam Dabney founded their Mississippi plantation near Levington, which thrives in the Deep South, but he remains loyal to the Union, as does his son Hoab, Morna's father. As Mississippi secedes, Hoab plans to withdraw the area around his plantation and remain neutral, and he gains support from local newspaperman Keith Alexander. Keith falls in love with Morna, whose fiancé Clay has joined the Confederate Army. Clay plans to punish the would-be neutral citizens of Levington by raiding the area, but Morna, with the help of her grandfather's Choctaw friend Tishomingo, attempts to thwart the attack. Morna sacrifices greatly to protect her home and the man she really loves. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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When she lost her lover...her sister gained one!

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25 August 1948 (USA)  »

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Das Tal der Leidenschaften  »

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$2,118,688 (estimated)
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Universal studios borrowed Julie London from Sol Lesser's company and Van Heflin from M-G-M for this production. See more »

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Set in 1860, dynamite (invented in the mid 1860s) is used in the film. See more »

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BORIS KARLOFF IS A GREAT INDIAN !
17 April 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was able to tape this film years ago. It is not often seen on TV and a true classic film. Tap Roots takes place at the outbreak of the Civil War, Lebanon Valley tries to secede from the state of Mississippi and remain neutral. Hating slavery, its leader, Hoab Dabney(Ward Bond), and a faithful Indian friend of the family, Tishomingo(Boris Karloff), promise to protect the valley against the Confederate army. There is a great cast of actors namely: Susan Hayward, Van Heflin and Julie London(former wife of Jack Webb, Dragnet T.V) Tap Roots is rather long and drawn out. However, the plot has romance, excellent photography of the Civil War costumes, sex situations and the action is of great value. Karloff is excellent as an Indian guide of the family and his make-up makes him look just like a Native American. I noticed the Smoky Mountains located in North Carolina and Tennessee where this Mississippi story was filmed which is magnificent to view.


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