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Bright Leaf (1950)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 2 July 1950 (USA)
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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Semillas de venganza  »

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Trivia

Documentary filmmaker Ross McElwee was under the impression this film mirrored his great grandfather's contributions to the Bull Durham tobacco industry along with his rival James B. Duke in post Civil War Durham, North Carolina. He even made a documentary called Bright Leaves (2003) about it. See more »

Goofs

After Major Singleton shoots Brant he neglects to put the other pistol in the case or reload the pistol he used and yet shoots himself in the carriage. See more »

Quotes

John Barton: I've learned a great deal from you, Brant. If I weren't an honest man, I might be able to use it.
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Oh, Dem Golden Slippers
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Written by James Allen Bland
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Dismal story, dismal conflicts, unappealing characters...
3 April 2013 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Surprised I am that some reviewers here really liked this overwrought melodrama about the tobacco industry and one man's rise to power because he has the vision to see how cigarettes could come from machines.

Gary Cooper has the most unsympathetic role of his career as a stormy man caught between conflicted love with two women--Patricia Neal, headstrong and rich, and Lauren Bacall, the madam of a brothel. There's a suggestion of GWTW in these characters, but too much of the dialog resorts to confrontational moments that are never resolved.

Most of the hatred comes from Patricia Neal's dad, Donald Crisp, who from the very start of the film wishes Gary Cooper would drop dead. It takes up too much of the film with the love/hate relationships between Cooper, Neal and Bacall getting the most footage.

But in the end, with these unsympathetic characters chewing up the scenery with all their vitriol, the overall feeling is a waste of time. None of the relationships evolve smoothly, not even at the conclusion.

Summing up: No wonder the film is so little known today. The saving grace is an interesting score by Victor Young.


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