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Tobacco Road (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 7 March 1941 (USA)
Hillbilly family life in 1941 rural Georgia.

Director:

John Ford

Writers:

Erskine Caldwell (based on the novel by), Jack Kirkland (stage play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charley Grapewin ... Jeeter
Marjorie Rambeau ... Sister Bessie
Gene Tierney ... Ellie May
William Tracy ... Dude Lester
Elizabeth Patterson ... Ada Lester
Dana Andrews ... Capt. Tim
Slim Summerville ... Peabody
Ward Bond ... Lov
Grant Mitchell ... George Payne
Zeffie Tilbury ... Grandma
Russell Simpson ... Chief of Police
Spencer Charters ... County Clerk
Irving Bacon ... Teller
Harry Tyler ... Auto Dealer
Charles Halton ... Mayor
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Storyline

Shiftless Jeeter Lester and his family of hillbilly stereotypes live in a rural backwater where their ancestors were once wealthy planters. Their slapstick existence is threatened by a bank's plans to take over the land for more profitable farming; subplots involve the affairs and marriages of son Dude and daughter Ellie May. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Produced by the men who gave you..."GRAPES OF WRATH" See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The Broadway play by Jack Kirkland based on Erskine Caldwell's novel opened 4 December 1933 and set a record for longevity on Broadway when it closed on 31 May 1941 after 3,281 performances. It was revived on Broadway twice in the next two years, bring its total running time there to nearly ten years (1933-1943). Opened at the Theatre Masque and then moved to the 48th Street Theatre followed by the Forrest Theatre for the original production. The play was revived in 1942, 1943 and 1950. The original Broadway production is the seventeenth longest running show ever as of February, 2013. See more »

Goofs

The morning following a torrential rain storm, dirt roads are absolutely dry. See more »

Quotes

Lov Bensey: I want a young wife. I ain't gonna take no 23 year old woman for a wife, have everybody laughin' at me.
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Connections

Referenced in I Love Lucy: Men Are Messy (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

In the Sweet Bye and Bye
(uncredited)
Music by Harry von Tilzer
Lyrics by Vincent Bryan
Sung a cappella by Marjorie Rambeau
Reprised by her, Harry Tyler and others at the auto dealer's
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Hillbilly Hell
4 September 2009 | by kenjhaSee all my reviews

After a bank purchases the land, a family of hillbillies faces eviction if it can't come up with the rent. Based on a Caldwell novel that in turn became a stage play, this is very broad comedy that rarely rises above the level of The Three Stooges. Grapewin plays a lazy farmer who has so many children that he and his wife can't keep track of them. Tracy is horribly over-the-top as one of the grown children living at home. Tierney is third billed as Tracy's useless sister but barely has a line of dialog. Rambeau does OK as a neighbor. Andrews plays the only character who has some dignity. Every once in a while Ford came up with a real clunker, and this is one of them.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 March 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tobacco Road See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,900,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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