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Bright Leaf (1950)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  2 July 1950 (USA)
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In 1894, Brant Royle shocks the aristocratic tobacco growers of Kingsmont by planning to mass-produce cigarettes.

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Once, magnate Major Singleton ran the Royles out of the Kingsmont tobacco country for daring to make lowly cigarettes. Now in 1894, Brant Royle, last of his name, is back. Forceful and macho, Brant intends to re-establish his family no matter what it takes. Two lovely women have waited for him: bordello keeper Sonia, with love; Singleton's daughter Margaret, with hatred and desire. As automation rears its head, the struggle attains an epic quality. Will Royle Cigarettes flood the market? Will Brant pick the wrong woman? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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2 July 1950 (USA)  »

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Semillas de venganza  »

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To add authenticity to the film, an authentic, turn of the century cigarette maker was purchased as a prop. See more »

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Major Singleton: I'm too old a horse to change my gait.
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Referenced in Bright Leaves (2003) See more »

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You Tell Me Your Dream, I'll Tell You Mine
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Music by Neil Moret (as Chas. N. Daniels)
Lyrics by Seymour Rice and Albert H. Brown
Sung by the girls at the birthday party
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Romance and cigarettes...the cheapest habits in America
17 December 2010 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Stultified costume drama from Warners, weakly directed by Michael Curtiz and uneasily cast. In the South during 1894, with the waning tobacco industry being led only by the cigar, a kicked-around tobacco farmer looking for respect teams with an eager inventor and a confidence man to make the cigarette the most readily-available form of smoking, open to anyone with a few cents. Playing loosely with the facts surrounding the real-life rivalry between tobacco tycoons Washington Duke and George McElwee, the film is undone by smoke-screen romance and a jumbled, stuffy narrative--not to mention by Gary Cooper's leaden performance in the lead. Cooper, consistently in a foul mood, sits atop his horse looking down at everyone, so why would disreputable bad-girl Lauren Bacall or Patricia Neal, the trouble-loving daughter of the Major--Cooper's rival--even give him the time of day? Jeff Corey trumps them all as Mr. Barton, the brains behind the scheme that makes everybody rich; Donald Crisp is also solid (as usual) as the Major. Technical aspects well up to par, but the characters are a dreary lot. ** from ****


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