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 ...
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A love story centered around the lives of three young German soldiers in the years following World War I. Their close friendship is strengthened by their shared love for the same woman who ... See full summary »
Raymond Dabney returns to his family after trouble with the law. He convinces the sheriff to give him a job watching the house and furniture of widow Crystal Wetherby without knowing she is... See full summary »
A wealthy but neurotic Southern belle finds herself trapped in the hideout of a gang of vicious bootleggers. The gang's leader lusts after her, and is determined not to let anything stand in the way of his having her.
Jack La Rue
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
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 »
Charles Bickford's character is named Morgan throughout the movie, but he's called Arnold in the closing credits. See more »
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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