Edna Spalding finds herself alone and broke on a small farm in the midst of the Great Depression when her husband the Sheriff is killed in an accident. A wandering black man, Moses, helps her to plant cotton to try and keep her farm and her kids together. She also takes on a blind boarder, Mr. Will, who lost his sight in the first World War. She must endure storms and harsh labor to try and make her mortgage payment on time. Written by
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The story of a woman fighting for her children, for her land, for the greatest dream there is...the future.
Did You Know?
's heartfelt Oscar acceptance speech for this film has often been misquoted over the years. Here it is verbatim: "This means so much more to me this time, I don't know why. I think the first time I hardly felt it because it was all too new. But I want to 'thank you' to you. I haven't had an orthodox career. And I've wanted more than anything to have your respect. The first time I didn't feel it. But this time I feel it. And I can't deny the fact that you like me... right now... you like me. Thank you." See more
When the sheriff is seen in the rail yard, the highway bridge in the background is constructed with precast concrete beams that had not been invented until many decades after the 1935 setting of this film. See more
[seeing her daughter's doll at the dinner table
Possum, put that up now.
Our Heavenly Father, bless this meal and all those who are about to receive it. Make us thankful for Your generous bounty, and Your unceasing love. Please remind us, in these hard times, to be grateful for what we have been given, and not to ask for what we can not have. And make us mindful of those less fortunate among us, as we sit at this table with all of Thy bounty. Amen.
Referenced in Plump Fiction
Music by Phoebe P. Knapp
Lyrics by Fanny Crosby
(as Fanny J. Crosby) See more