6.9/10
438
19 user 6 critic

The Romance of Rosy Ridge (1947)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 4 August 1947 (USA)
Janet Leigh makes an impressive debut alongside Van Johnson in this historical romance in which a farmer's daughter falls in love with a man who fought against her family in the Civil War. ... See full summary »

Director:

Roy Rowland

Writers:

Lester Cole, MacKinlay Kantor (story)
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Adventure | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

In 1944, US Navy specialists run a weather station in the Gobi desert where they are harassed by Japanese warplanes but aided by local Mongol nomads.

Director: Robert Wise
Stars: Richard Widmark, Don Taylor, Max Showalter
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Ronny Bowers, a saxophonist in Benny Goodman's band has won a talent contest an got a ten week contract with a film studio. On his first evening he is supposed to go with the studio's star ... See full summary »

Director: Busby Berkeley
Stars: Dick Powell, Rosemary Lane, Lola Lane
Certificate: Passed Musical | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A senator's daughter (who can't help singing) follows her boyfriend West in the days of the California gold rush.

Director: Frank Ryan
Stars: Deanna Durbin, Robert Paige, Akim Tamiroff
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A calculating New York bookie hires a talented singer and dancer to entertain his nightclub. She brings her pet bloodhounds with her. This makes his girlfriend jealous, so she considers spilling the beans on his dealings to the feds.

Director: Harmon Jones
Stars: Mitzi Gaynor, Scott Brady, Mitzi Green
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Five members of a teen-age gang, including leader Jimmy Smith, are sent to the state reformatory, presided over by the melodramatically callous Thompson. Soon, Patsy Gargan, a former ... See full summary »

Directors: Archie Mayo, Michael Curtiz
Stars: James Cagney, Madge Evans, Arthur Byron
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A Canadian ex-serviceman has to resist criminals and the temptation of signing for Arsenal in order to help non-league Oldchester United.

Director: Montgomery Tully
Stars: Donald Houston, Susan Shaw, Alan Wheatley
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

The fanatical son of a Nazi General leads a squad of German commandos, disguised as American Troops, behind the lines in order to sabotage the Allied Forces. Stars Van Johnson, Kerwin Matthews, Dick York and Larry Storch.

Director: Arthur Dreifuss
Stars: Van Johnson, Kerwin Mathews, Dick York
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Scatterbrained Sally Elliott tries to get a job as a Fuller brush girl and desperate for money she borrows her friend's kit without permission and her attempts at selling cosmetics ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: Lucille Ball, Eddie Albert, Carl Benton Reid
Bandidos (1967)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Renowned gunman Richard Martin is traveling on a train, held up by Billy Kane, a former student of Martin's. Kane spares Martin, but only after shooting his hands. Years later, Martin meets... See full summary »

Director: Massimo Dallamano
Stars: Enrico Maria Salerno, Terry Jenkins, María Martín
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

There is a big charity function at the house of Mrs. Cheyney and a lot of society is present. With her rich husband, deceased, rich old Lord Elton and playboy Lord Arthur Dilling are both ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Franklin
Stars: Norma Shearer, Basil Rathbone, George Barraud
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A love triangle in a circus troupe,

Director: William A. Wellman
Stars: Florence Vidor, Lowell Sherman, Clive Brook
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

After a boiler explosion aboard an aging ocean liner, a man struggles to free his injured wife from the wreckage of their cabin and ensure the safety of their four-year-old daughter as the ship begins to sink.

Director: Andrew L. Stone
Stars: Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone, George Sanders
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Van Johnson ... Henry Carson
Thomas Mitchell ... Gill MacBean
Janet Leigh ... Lissy Anne MacBean
Marshall Thompson ... Ben Mac Bean
Selena Royle ... Sairy MacBean
Charles Dingle ... John Dessark
Dean Stockwell ... Andrew MacBean
Guy Kibbee ... Cal Baggett
Elisabeth Risdon ... Emily Baggett
Jim Davis ... Badge Dessark
Russell Simpson ... Dan Yeary
O.Z. Whitehead ... Ninny Nat
James Bell ... John Willhart
Joyce Arling Joyce Arling ... Mrs. Willhart
William Bishop ... Ad Buchanan
Edit

Storyline

Janet Leigh makes an impressive debut alongside Van Johnson in this historical romance in which a farmer's daughter falls in love with a man who fought against her family in the Civil War. Into a Missouri farming community living in a state of constant tension due to conflicting pro-North and pro-South sentiments ambles ex-Union soldier Henry Carson (Van Johnson), who briefly camps out at the farm of unforgiving Confederate sympathizer Gill MacBean (Thomas Mitchell). Suspecting that Carson is up to no good, MacBean is outraged when the handsome stranger begins courting MacBean's daughter Lissy Anne (Leigh). Things come to a head dramatically when the heretofore easygoing Carson comes face to face with a band of hooded, night-riding barn burners who've been fomenting discord among the farmers.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A LOVE - BORN OF VIOLENCE and a HATE that brought him face to face with his worst enemy - the father of his sweetheart!


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Night Raiders See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$2,117,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 23, 1950 with Janet Leigh reprising her film role. See more »

Quotes

Emily Baggett: this will be the worst night ever and you'll remember it for the rest of your life.
Cal Baggett: at least for the rest of Your life.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Here's Lucy: Guess Who Owes Lucy $23.50 (1968) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A delightful country tale
8 October 2012 | by robert-temple-1See all my reviews

This film, based on a story by the author MacKinlay Kantor (who was very popular in the 1930s-1950s period), is a delightful change from the urban tales usually emanating from Hollywood. It is possible that the film's title matches that of the original story, but I must point out that Rosy Ridge is never mentioned in the film itself, not that it matters (it is presumably the name of the location of the story). This film is set in the edge of the Ozarks in Missouri in 1865, amidst the seething tensions and hatreds of the locals who fought on the northern side of the Civil War and those who fought for the south. For those who don't know, there were two American states which were forced by the awkwardness of their geographical positions to remain officially neutral in the Civil War, and they were known as 'Border States'. One was Kentucky, whose sympathies were with the South but which did not dare declare for the South, and the other was Missouri, where sympathies were more evenly divided. This film was largely shot on location somewhere like Missouri, and it might even have been Missouri, who knows. There is a singular amount of authenticity to this film, especially in the flowery old-fashioned dialect used by the supporting actors. The script by Lester Cole (1904-1985, his last script being BORN FREE in 1966) therefore deserves a lot of praise, although that dialogue may have been lifted from Kantor's original. This was Janet Leigh's first film, and as the heroine, she makes a fresh-faced, smiling ingénue with doe eyes who leapt into everyone's hearts, and it made her a star. She would eventually appear in 86 films, the last one being released the year after her death in 2004. She was one of America's best-loved film actresses. Janet Leigh's father, somewhat too gruff and over-acted by Thomas Mitchell, is a fanatical Southern sympathiser who hates all Yankees. He and his wife and daughter and young son wait forlornly for the return of the older son, Ben, who may never be coming back from the War, and whose fate is unknown. They are poor arable farmers who live in a log cabin. Their next door neighbours supported the northern side, and they don't speak to one another. There is a lot of barn-burning going on, attributed whether rightly or wrongly to vicious Yankees, since all the barns which are burnt belong to Southern sympathisers. A different complexion is put on this towards the latter part of the film. A lot of Southern supporters are thus driven out and leave Missouri for good, going out West to what are called 'the Territories', which have not yet become the Western and Middle Western states. One evening a mysterious man, played by the ever-cheerful Van Johnson, walks down the lane near the log cabin playing the harmonica to himself and carrying a few belongings over his shoulder. He is clearly a former soldier, though of which army cannot be determined. He strikes up a conversation with Leigh's family the MacBeans and is given supper, then invited to stay the night, and he stays on and helps with the harvest. He and Leigh fall in love. But there are many complications and twists to the story, such as how and why did he happen to turn up at the MacBeans. I don't wish to spoil any of the mystery of this fine country tale, so I say no more. But this is a very wholesome and refreshing story of real country folk which is very ably directed by Roy Rowland (1910-1995), a New Yorker by origin and no countryman, who directed Margaret O'Brien the next year in TENTH AVENUE ANGEL (1948), directed Van Johnson the year after that in the film noir THE SCENE OF THE CRIME (1949), and is best known as the director of the later film noir WITNESS TO MURDER (1954) with Barbara Stanwyck.


11 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 19 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed