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The Southerner (1945)

Approved | | Drama | 22 December 1945 (Mexico)
The life of the poor Tucker family, that worked as cotton pluggers and decided to get their own ground, but nature is against them.

Director:

Jean Renoir

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Hugo Butler (adaptation), George Sessions Perry (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zachary Scott ... Sam Tucker
Betty Field ... Nona Tucker
J. Carrol Naish ... Devers
Beulah Bondi ... Granny
Percy Kilbride ... Harmie
Charles Kemper ... Tim
Blanche Yurka ... Mama
Norman Lloyd ... Finley
Estelle Taylor ... Lizzie
Paul Harvey ... Ruston
Noreen Nash ... Becky
Jack Norworth Jack Norworth ... Doctor
Nestor Paiva ... Bartender
Paul E. Burns ... Uncle Pete (as Paul Burns)
Jay Gilpin Jay Gilpin ... Jot
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Sam Tucker, a cotton picker, in search of a better future for his family, decides to grow his own cotton crop. In the first year, the Tuckers battle disease, a flood, and a jealous neighbor. Can they make it as farmers? Written by George S. Davis

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1945 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Hold Autumn in Your Heart See more »

Filming Locations:

Madera, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Sam tells Tim he hopes for 2 bales of cotton per acre. That would be an exceptionally good yield. In 2019, with modern farming methods, the average yield is 1.5 bales per acre. Each bale of cotton weighs 500 pounds in the U.S. See more »

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Sam Tucker: I was so plumb wore out for awhile I didn't seem to believe in nothin' no more. But, now my clothes are startin' to dry and I'm beginnin' to believe again. I guess that's the way the Earth feels when she's wet. But, the Sun will start dryin' her out and she'll start callin' to me again, just the way Nona does sometimes.
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Hard Times, Good Earth
8 March 2007 | by movingpicturegalSee all my reviews

Beautifully shot, absorbing film about the close-knit Tucker clan - Sam (Zachary Scott), the handsome dad who loves being a farmer, Nona (Betty Field), a good wife and mother who always seems to look well-groomed in spite of her hard work, two really cute kids, and then there's ornery old Granny (Beulah Bondi), she of the sharp tongue and stubborn will. In a gorgeously photographed scene where they are working for hire in the bright, sunlit fields picking cotton - the couple watches as their Uncle dies in the fields saying in his last breath "Grow your own crops", and they decide to do just that. Soon they have rented a property where they can raise cotton and be their own masters, so to speak - well, the house turns out to be nothing but a broken-down, ramshackle shack, the whole place needs loads and loads of work - but one good thing" it has "good earth". Troubles ensue - trouble with the neighbors, trouble getting food, sickness troubles, weather troubles, oh brother!

Well, this is an excellent, heartfelt, and well photographed film done in an unusual, distinctive style. The actors who play the Tucker family do a good job in making this actually seem like a real family and make you want to root for them - but it is Beulah Bondi as cantankerous Granny who really steals this film for me - I really enjoyed her scenes and thought they added a little spice to this! The hardships this clan has to go through can be hard to watch sometimes, but the story is involving and the film is quite memorable.


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