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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Rebelde See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,745,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene where Barbara Stanwyck, playing the new bride, was supposed to be carried across the threshold by her husband, she and director Robert Z. Leonard cooked up a practical joke and draped her body with heavy chains under the mink coat she wore, making it impossible for Van Heflin to pick her up. See more »

Quotes

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

Referenced in The Notorious Bettie Page (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

The Wedding March
(1843) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61"
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played as background music at Apple's and Bob's wedding
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You'd never know the novel was controversial
9 October 2008 | by gerdeen-1See all my reviews

The original book about a tycoon's daughter marrying a left-wing economist was one of John P. Marquand's less cheerful novels. The plot had the economist taking a high-ranking civilian job in World War II while his one-time "establishment" rival joined the military and was given a dangerous assignment. Some critics attacked the book as a smack at liberals' love of country, while its defenders saw it as an antidote to wartime stories that celebrated the "common man" as the only true patriot. The movie glides over all that serious business, changing the class conflicts from serious issues to mere impediments to true love. While preserving a considerable number of the book's situations and even large chunks of its dialogue, the movie changes everything that's important, turning the couple's serious marital problems into simple misunderstandings. The result is a mostly dull romance, with Heflin and Stanwyck showing little chemistry. It would have been better if the filmmakers had gone further and turned the story into a comedy.


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