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So Red the Rose (1935)

Approved | | Drama | 20 December 1935 (USA)
SO RED THE ROSE is King Vidor's quietly affecting Civil War romance, starring Margaret Sullavan as a Southern aristocrat, the mistress of a Southern plantation, whose sheltered life is torn... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
Margaret Sullavan ... Valette Bedford
Walter Connolly ... Malcolm Bedford
Randolph Scott ... Duncan Bedford
Janet Beecher ... Sally Bedford
Elizabeth Patterson ... Mary Cherry
Robert Cummings ... George Pendleton
Harry Ellerbe ... Edward Bedford
Dickie Moore ... Middleton Bedford
Charles Starrett ... George McGehee
Johnny Downs ... Wounded Yankee Corporal
Daniel L. Haynes Daniel L. Haynes ... William Veal
Clarence Muse ... Cato
James Burke ... Major Rushton
Warner Richmond ... Confederate Sergeant
Alfred Delcambre ... Charles Tolliver
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SO RED THE ROSE is King Vidor's quietly affecting Civil War romance, starring Margaret Sullavan as a Southern aristocrat, the mistress of a Southern plantation, whose sheltered life is torn apart by the War between the States. During the war's darkest days she is sustained by her love for a distant cousin, a Confederate officer, played by Randolph Scott. Written by Leonel urbina

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The flower of Southern chivalry dewed with the shining glory of a woman's tears! See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Roses de sang See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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One scene, which called for 500 African American extras, was shot on a city-wide "Maid's Day Off" in Los Angeles. See more »

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Referenced in Have You Got Any Castles? (1938) See more »

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Vidor's humanism shines through.
1 April 2000 | by David-240See all my reviews

This movie seems to end just when it should begin. This story of the old South cannot fail to be compared with "Gone With the Wind", as it tells the story of a Southern family just before, during and just after the Civil War. The house even looks like Tara. But "So Red the Rose" finishes way too early and with an awful abruptness. Vidor has just begun to explore the ambiguities of the Civil War when the music swells and it's all over. With his characteristic humanism he looks at the conflict amongst the newly freed slaves - what do they do with this freedom? How will they eat? And must they now hate their former masters even those they once loved? And there are conflicts amongst the white folks too - especially when an innocent young Yankee asks the family for help. Can they allow this boy to be hanged? Is he not just like the son they lost? But before Vidor can really explore these issues the film is over.

Strong performances from Margaret Sullavan, Walter Connolly, Elizabeth Patterson and especially Janet Beecher give the film a solid base - and Vidor's technical skill and Victor Milner's cinematography give the film beauty. But it is Vidor's humanism that gives it heart. He was a remarkable artist - much over-looked by film historians. "So Red the Rose" is not a great film, but it is a remarkable one.


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