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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)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Nona Tucker: [bringing the cooked possum to the dinner table] Easy, you'll all get your share.
Sam Tucker: Hold on, everybody. There's gonna be a blessing. Much obliged, Lord. Looks like the Tuckers are gonna make the grade, after all. Amen.
Nona Tucker: Granny! Granny gets the first, 'cause she's the youngest.
Granny: I'd taken the Lord to be a stranger in this house.
Nona Tucker: Then comes Jotty, 'cause he's the littlest. Then comes Papa, 'cause he caught the possum. And this one's for Zoolie, because he helped him.
[delivers a portion to the dog]
Nona Tucker: And...
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A kind of ideal
16 July 2002 | by SpleenSee all my reviews

Life in Renoir films is always one damned thing - or one absorbing incident - after another, which is why the ideal Renoir film (a) sticks to the one subject, or the one place ("Grand Illusion" WOULD be as great as everyone says it is, if only it didn't wander about so), and (b) doesn't even purport to have a plot. (Not that the second requirement matters so much as the first.) In any case, the material Renoir had here suited him down to the ground. The fact that the central character is tied to the land, the fact that he has a clear goal (to survive by means of farming) without having any particular quest, allows Renoir to let whatever will happen, happen, without there being any danger of the film falling apart.

A delightfully warm film, but one with a real bite. It carries a real charge when the established farmer, after treating the newcomer with such unjustified coldness you start to feel he must be positively evil, begins to reveal his humanity and open up a little - only to describe, in detail, why he's so bitter - and determined to remain bitter. But this is just one perfectly realised scene among many. There's so MUCH to this film, not one segment of which could profitably be lost - except, of course, the minute-long spoken prologue, which contributes about as much to the overall effect as Cecil B. DeMille's anti-communist rant contributes to "The Ten Commandments". But ignore that last nit-pick.


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