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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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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

Semillas de venganza  »

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Trivia

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

Quotes

Major Singleton: I'm afraid I don't believe in cigarettes, much less a machine for makin' them. It turns my stomach, sir, every time I have occasion to witness someone pokin' one of those vile concoctions into their face. I deal in cigars, sir. Nothing less.
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Soundtracks

Wedding March
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From "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played briefly at the wedding
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Smoke smoke smoke that cigarette
16 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Gary Cooper was a wonderful actor, and even here, cast against type, he completely commands the screen and makes his female co-stars seem almost like amateurs. But he's wrong for the part. I don't know who would have been right. Maybe Kirk Douglas could have done it, with his talent for playing unlikeable characters and making you care about what happens to them. Cooper is also too old for the part. A lot of the motivations for the character's behavior are those of a younger man, from his business dealings to his romantic entanglements. We'd forgive a younger man his emotional excesses and foibles. An older man in the same situations just seems like he should know better.

Nonetheless, with Cooper, Bacall, Neal, Carson, and Crisp as the picture's stars, there's a lot of charisma on hand (Jeff Corey, Elizabeth Patterson, and Gladys George are great in support, as well).

And there's Victor Young's brilliant score.


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