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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

When Brant is lying at the bottom of the stairs as the fire begins in Singleton house, the servant runs to him. In a brief shot, we see Brant raising his arm as if he is coming to and beginning to get up, but in the next shot, as the servant reaches him, he is still lying flat as if still knocked out. See more »

Quotes

Brant Royle: Goodbye, Carpetbagger. If it means anything to you now, the worst mistake I made was you.
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Connections

Featured in The Last Cigarette (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

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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The Tobacco Industry Early On
7 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In 1894, Brant Royle (Gary Cooper) shocks the aristocratic tobacco growers of Kingsmont by planning to mass-produce cigarettes.

I found the comments from the old woman that "everybody's doing it" and that smoking is "very fashionable" rather humorous. I feel that in 1950, this sort of sentiment could be taken seriously rather than as the anti-smoking rhetoric it became later.

Overall, the film did not hold my interest. This was more my fault than the fault of the film, because there is nothing bad about Michael Curtiz's directing or Gary Cooper's acting. Perhaps someday I shall give it another try. I was hoping to see some ground-breaking cinematography from Karl Freund, but that simply did not happen.


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