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The Cabin in the Cotton (1932)

TV-G | | Drama | 15 October 1932 (USA)
A tenant farmer's son is caught in the middle of owner-tenant disputes when he falls for the plantation owner's seductive daughter.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Paul Green (screen play) (as Professor Paul Green), Harry Harrison Kroll (based on the novel by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Barthelmess ... Marvin Blake
Dorothy Jordan ... Betty Wright
Bette Davis ... Madge Norwood
Hardie Albright ... Roland Neal
David Landau ... Tom Blake
Berton Churchill ... Lane Norwood
Dorothy Peterson ... Lilly Blake
Russell Simpson ... Uncle Joe
Tully Marshall ... Slick
Henry B. Walthall ... Eph Clinton
Edmund Breese ... Holmes Scott
John Marston John Marston ... Russell Carter
Erville Alderson ... Sock Fisher
William Le Maire William Le Maire ... Jake Fisher (as William LeMaire)
Clarence Muse ... A Blind Negro
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Storyline

Sharecropper's son Marvin tries to help his community overcome poverty and ignorance. While working in the general store he learns that the owner has been cheating his tenants. He is in love with owner's daughter, Madge, but sides with the tenants in his threat to expose the planters and their cheating. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Is blood thicker than LOVE?...more compelling than passion? See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Hütte im Baumwollfeld See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Producer Darryl F. Zanuck forced director Michael Curtiz to use Bette Davis in this film against his wishes. Curtiz reportedly said "Who would want to go to bed with her?" See more »

Goofs

Ms. Madge enters the Dry Goods store owned by her father ( at about 10.78 minutes), and asks Marvin to a party that begins at 8:30. While Madge is running to her home after saying the famous line,"I'd like ta kiss ya but I've just washed my hair," she tells him the party is at 8:00. So the party goes from 8:30 to 8:00 for no reason. See more »

Quotes

Madge: Your head is full o' plans, isn't it, darlin', full o' plans.
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Crazy Credits

Foreword In many parts of the South today, there exists an endless dispute between the rich land-owners, known as planters and the poor cotton pickers, known as tenants or 'peckerwoods'. The planters supply the tennants with the simple requirements of every day life and in return the tennants work the land year in and year out. A hundred volumes could be written on the rights and wrongs of both parties, but it is not the object of the producers of 'The Cabin in the Cotton' to take sides. We are only concerned with an effort to picturize these conditions. See more »


Soundtracks

Old Folks at Home (Swanee River)
(1851) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Played during the opening credits
Reprised on guitar as background music
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Bette Davis shines as a Southern Vamp
21 August 2001 | by oletSee all my reviews

For those who are looking for a thoughtful and socially relevant Hollywood film, Cabin In The Cotton is it. The movie is rather quaint, even compared to other films of its time, but that's part of its charm.

The subject matter is unusual, in that both the struggling sharecroppers, and the wealthy land owners are portrayed as flawed individuals. Bette Davis performance as Madge gave her an early career opportunity to impress critics. Unlike her future roles, though, it isn't large or challenging. There is enough there to allow her to be a vulnerable,spoiled, and sexy minx. She also has eccentric dialogue and a glamorous wardrobe. Richard Barthelmess, in the lead role, as well as the supporting players, give very authentic performances. The cinematography is striking,giving the film a realistic rural atmosphere. A powerful and intelligent scene near the end reminds us that, in any profession, the necessary relationship between labor and management will always be a difficult battle.


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