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B.F.'s Daughter (1948)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 2 April 1948 (USA)
Wealthy Polly Fulton marries a progressive scholar whose attitudes toward capitalism and acquired wealth puts their marriage in jeopardy.

Director:

Robert Z. Leonard

Writers:

John P. Marquand (novel), Luther Davis (screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Barbara Stanwyck ... 'Polly' Fulton
Van Heflin ... Thomas W. Brett
Charles Coburn ... B.F. Fulton
Richard Hart ... Robert S. Tasmin III
Keenan Wynn ... Martin Delwyn Ainsley
Margaret Lindsay ... 'Apples' Sandler
Spring Byington ... Gladys Fulton
Marshall Thompson ... The Sailor
Barbara Laage ... Eugenia Taris
Thomas E. Breen Thomas E. Breen ... Major Isaac Riley
Fred Nurney Fred Nurney ... Jan
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Storyline

Polly Fulton is the only daughter of rich industrialist B.F. Fulton. She is about to marry the man of her dreams, attorney Robert Tasmin, when she meets the intellectual Thomas Brett. They fall in love and soon they marry. Brett has always been opposed to the lavish lifestyle of the rich, and the anger he feels, when he realizes that he has through his marriage become one of the wealthy, is turned against his wife. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Famed Book Now On The Screen See more »

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Rebelde See more »

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Budget:

$1,745,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film received its initial television broadcast in Seattle Thursday 18 October 1956 on KING (Channel 5), followed by Philadelphia Thursday 8 November 1956 on WFIL (Channel 6), by Altoona PA 30 December 1956 on WFBG (Channel 10), by Omaha 13 January 1957 on WOW (Channel 6), by Chicago 26 January 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), by New York City 2 April 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2) and by Minneapolis 26 June 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9); but it's first West Coast airings did not take place until it was telecast in Los Angeles 19 January 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11) and in San Francisco 8 March 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »

Quotes

Pauline 'Polly' Fulton Brett: I guess a polite marriage is a dead marriage, isn't it.
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Soundtracks

The Wedding March
(1843) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61"
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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That wealthy and powerful
30 July 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Barbara Stanwyck plays the title role of B.F.'s Daughter, a very wealthy heiress who marries iconoclastic liberal minded economics professor Van Heflin. B.F. is Charles Coburn and he's one of those people who's two initials everybody knows because he's that wealthy and powerful.

Coburn is a firm believer in Herbert Hoover's rugged individualism and he's inculcated those values in his daughter. Stanwyck falls for a man who is the antithesis of her father's values, but he's barely getting by on his professor's salary. She decides to help by using her piece of her father's fortune to send him on a lecture tour for one of his books. Heflin turns out to be a natural, but he's never to know that his wife bought him a career.

The novel was written by J.P. Marquand who is best known for those Mr. Moto mysteries. It was published at the beginning of World War II and MGM took several years to finally get it to the screen.

Rich heiresses who overpopulated the cinema in the Thirties were a dying breed of movie heroines by the time B.F.'s Daughter came out in 1948. Stanwyck however makes it work and Coburn is in most familiar surroundings as the gruff millionaire.

Van Heflin had teamed well with Stanwyck the year before in The Strange Loves Of Martha Ivers and he does well in somewhat lighter fair by comparison. Margaret Lindsay does well as Stanwyck's best friend who marries yuppie Richard Hart who goes to war. The term yuppie was not in use back then, but that is what Hart is. He proves to have the right stuff when that is questioned by Keenan Wynn.

Wynn plays a part that seems a dress rehearsal for the role of the news commentator in The Great Man. A little less bitter, but just as cynical and he's got an incredible knack for predicting events wrong.

B.F.'s Daughter is a great part for Stanwyck and a great film for her as well.


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