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The Southerner (1945)

Approved | | Drama | 22 December 1945 (Mexico)
The life of the poor Tucker family, that worked as cotton pluggers and decided to get their own ground, but nature is against them.

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Jean Renoir

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Hugo Butler (adaptation), George Sessions Perry (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zachary Scott ... Sam Tucker
Betty Field ... Nona Tucker
J. Carrol Naish ... Devers
Beulah Bondi ... Granny
Percy Kilbride ... Harmie
Charles Kemper ... Tim
Blanche Yurka ... Mama
Norman Lloyd ... Finley
Estelle Taylor ... Lizzie
Paul Harvey ... Ruston
Noreen Nash ... Becky
Jack Norworth Jack Norworth ... Doctor
Nestor Paiva ... Bartender
Paul E. Burns ... Uncle Pete (as Paul Burns)
Jay Gilpin Jay Gilpin ... Jot
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Sam Tucker, a cotton picker, in search of a better future for his family, decides to grow his own cotton crop. In the first year, the Tuckers battle disease, a flood, and a jealous neighbor. Can they make it as farmers? Written by George S. Davis

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1945 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Hold Autumn in Your Heart See more »

Filming Locations:

Madera, California, USA See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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Tim: Hey, would you be interested in coming to work in the factory with me?
Sam Tucker: Are you crazy? What would I do in a factory? I'm a farmer.
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Above average drama with superb acting and thought-provoking script
7 August 2009 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

An employee named Sam Tucker (Zachary Scott)frequently working for others is hired some land and he decides along with his family, -his wife (Betty Field), granny (Beulah Bondi)and two sons - attempt farming for themselves. The family finds hardships on their way and they'll have to fight against the elements,ills, poorness, distresses and a selfish neighbor (J. Carroll Naish) living with his daughter (Nash) and niece (Norman Lloyd) .

This is a rural drama about a survival fight amid all disgraces and terrible elements. It's a naturalistic drama splendidly played and magnificently staged. From the tale 'Hold Autumn in your hand' by George Sessions Perry and writing by William Faulkner though he appears uncredited. It's proceeded in similar style to ¨Grapes of wrath¨ by John Ford based on John Steinbeck novel . First rate performances by all star cast. Special mention to Belulah Bondi as sympathetic and and grumpy granny. And Norman Lloyd as roguish nephew, he's a veteran player still acting , who joined the original company of Orson Welles-John Houseman Mercury Theatre and after that he was hired to Hollywood to play as secondary actor in Alfred Hitchcock movie and other ones and made him an associate producer. Neo-realist and evocative cinematography by Lucien Andriot. Sensible and imaginative musical score by Werner Janssen.

The flick is excellently directed by Jean Renoir. He said about 'The Southerner' gave him more pleasure than any of his other Hollywood work. Renoir was voted the 12th greatest director of all time . Furthermore, Orson Welles frequently cited him as the greatest movie director of all time. He was son of the famous impressionist painter Auguste Renoir. After his French classics (Rules of game 1939, Human beast 38, La Marseillase 36, A day in the country 36, Boudu saved from drowning 32), he was brought to USA by American producers, directing awesome films in Hollywood (Woman on the beach 1947 , The diary of a chambermaid 46, The Southerner , The land is mine 43, Swamp water 1941). Later on, he returned to France , going on film-making classic movies (Elusive corporal 1962, Picnic on the grass 59, Testament of Dr Cordelier 59, Golden coach 52, The river 1951). Rating : Better than average, well worth watching.


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