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Friendly Persuasion (1956)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance, War | 25 November 1956 (USA)
The pacifist attitude of a Quaker family is tested as a result of the American Civil War.

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Little Jess Birdwell
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Mattie Birdwell
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Gard Jordan (as Mark Richman)
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Professor Quigley
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Purdy
Joel Fluellen ...
Theodore Newton ...
Major Harvey
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Caleb Cope
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Opal Hudspeth
Marjorie Durant ...
Pearl Hudspeth
Frances Farwell ...
Ruby Hudspeth
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The story of a family of Quakers in Indiana in 1862. Their religous sect is strongly opposed to violence and war. It's not easy for them to meet the rules of their religion in everyday life but when Southern troops pass the area they are in real trouble. Should they fight, despite their peaceful attitide? Written by Olaf Mertens <olafbahg@w210zrz.zrz.tu-berlin.de>

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Under a 1953 Writer's Guild of America ruling, studios could deny screen credit to writers who refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). William Wyler wanted to give writing credit to Robert Wyler and Jessamyn West, who had written the shooting script, but Michael Wilson, who had written the first draft in 1946 but was later blacklisted for refusing to name names before the HUAC, protested. The Writers Guild was called in to resolve the issue and decided to grant sole writing credit to Wilson, leading Allied Artists to invoke the "credits escape clause" for fear that conservative groups would picket if he were the only credited writer. When he was left off the credits, Wilson sued Allied Artists, Wyler, West, Wyler's brother Robert, Liberty Films and Paramount for $250,000, a suit settled out of court. Wyler's bitterness over the studio's position played a major role in his decision not to make any more films there. See more »

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When Jess Birdwell sends the children upstairs after mother Eliza retires to the barn, he says, "up stairs to bed, all of thee!" In Quaker dialect, the pronoun thee is used as the objective case of thou, and is used only when addressing an individual. He should have said, "up stairs to bed, all of you!". See more »

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Jess Birdwell: I'm just his father, Eliza, not his conscience. A man's life ain't worth a hill of beans except he lives up to his own conscience.
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Referenced in The A-Team: Semi-Friendly Persuasion (1984) See more »

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Friendly Persuasion (Thee I Love)
(1956)
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Sung by Pat Boone
Dot Recording Artist
sung during the opening credits and at the end
Played often in the score and occasionally sung by a chorus
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Quakers handling the Civil War
26 October 2003 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

"Friendly Persuasion" is the second best movie about the Civil War. "Gone With The Wind" is the first. This movie is about the Quakers living in Indiana in 1862 and how they are trying to cope with the Civil War. They live a peaceful life until the war happens in their backyard and they must decide whether to fight or follow their religion and sit back.

The Quaker family consists of: Jess Birdwell, head of the family (Gary Cooper); his wife, Eliza, a Quaker minister (Dorothy McGuire); two sons, and a daughter. The rest of the cast was perfect. This is my favorite of Gary Cooper's movies. The whole family can enjoy it.

The movie received many Academy Award nominations except for Gary Cooper and Dorothy McGuire as best actor and best actress. My favorite character is the Widow Hudspeth (Marjorie Main). Widow Hudspeth is similar to Ma Kettle. It must have been hard for Gary Cooper to keep a straight face when working with Marjorie Main. They were both funny and delightful together. Ms. Main made one more movie and retired in 1957; she refused to do television because the pace was too fast.


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