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Stand Up and Fight (1939)

It starts in 1844 in Maryland, where R.Taylor, owner a plantation with slaves, is forced by debts to sell his estate ad his people. Then he leaves for Cumberland, looking for a job (first ... See full summary »

Director:

W.S. Van Dyke (as W.S. Van Dyke II)

Writers:

James M. Cain (screen play), Jane Murfin (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wallace Beery ... Captain Boss Starkey
Robert Taylor ... Blake Cantrell
Florence Rice ... Susan Griffith
Helen Broderick ... Amanda Griffith
Charles Bickford ... Arnold
Barton MacLane ... Crowder
Charley Grapewin ... 'Old Puff'
John Qualen ... Davy
Robert Gleckler ... Sheriff Barney
Clinton Rosemond Clinton Rosemond ... Enoch
Cy Kendall ... Foreman Ross
Paul Everton ... Allan
Claudia Morgan ... Carolyn Talbot
Selmer Jackson ... Whittingham P. Talbot (scenes deleted)
Robert Middlemass ... Harkrider
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Storyline

It starts in 1844 in Maryland, where R.Taylor, owner a plantation with slaves, is forced by debts to sell his estate ad his people. Then he leaves for Cumberland, looking for a job (first time in his life), and ends up working for a stagecoach line run Wallace Beery and owned by Florence Rice. Before love and friendship can triumph, Taylor will have to commit to the cause of african-americans in search of freedom... Written by Andrea Violi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 January 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A vasöklű See more »

Filming Locations:

Butte Meadows, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Tucson Thursday 20 June 1957 on KVOA (Channel 4); it first aired in Philadelphia 3 July 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Los Angeles 7 July 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), in Altoona PA 31 July 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Chicago 1 August 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Binghamton NY 15 August 1957 on WNBF (Channel 12), in New York City 24 August 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Seattle 11 November 1957 on KING (Channel 5), in both Portland OR and Honolulu 3 December 1957 on KGW (Channel 8) and on KHVH (Channel13), and in Amarillo 27 December 1957 on KFDA (Channel 19); it found its way to San Francisco 12 October 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »

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Charles Bickford's character is named Morgan throughout the movie, but he's called Arnold in the closing credits. See more »

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Referenced in Electrical Power (1938) See more »

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Oh! Susanna
(1846) (uncredited)
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Remarkable subtlety
12 September 2004 | by mik-19See all my reviews

Cynical Southern gentleman Blake Cantrell (Robert Taylor) is forced to sell his plantation and seek employment with a stagecoach company run by Captain Starkey (Wallace Beery) and owned by lovely Susan (Florence Rice). But is the company actually illegally transporting slaves? And can a leopard, the cavalier Blake, actually change its spots?

I didn't expect much from this movie, and was thoroughly and positively surprised by the sharp writing and ebullient acting, and contrary to many A-movies of its day its aim is no way an aesthetic 'arty' one. Made in 1939, this movie addresses all sorts of controversial issues, and they have a way of taking you by surprise along the way. The movie is really about abolitionism and treats its subject with remarkable subtlety, although why and how the lynch-mob, the one that we encounter in the last third of the film, goes after white man Starkey is never made quite clear. Cantrell's gradual moral reform is well-explained and plausible, not least because of Taylor's warmth and humanity in the part. Yes, he is handsome, but here it is almost besides the point. Wallace Beery has a field day with the larger-than-life captain, very cleverly balancing on the edge of buffoonery but with plenty of edge and ambiguity.

See it, it makes a deep impression.


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