A widowed farmer takes an indentured servant as his new wife, but the arrival of his old friend threatens their burgeoning relationship.

Director:

Norman Foster

Writers:

Waldo Salt (screenplay), Howard Fast (story "Rachel")
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Loretta Young ... Rachel
William Holden ... Big Davey
Robert Mitchum ... Jim
Gary Gray ... Davey
Tom Tully ... Parson Jackson
Sara Haden ... Mrs. Jackson
Frank Ferguson ... Mr. Green
Walter Baldwin ... Gallus
Regina Wallace Regina Wallace ... Mrs. Green
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Storyline

David Harvey is a widower with a young son, Davey. They live on an isolated Ohio farm during the pioneer days. He wants his son to be raised in the manner his wife would have wanted - with proper schooling, Bible study and proper manners. Rachel, an indentured servant, is sold to David. David then marries her in order that little Davey would have a mother to properly raise him. David shows no real affection towards Rachel since this is a marriage of convenience. This all changes when Jim, a friend of the family comes for a visit. During his stay, David sees that there is more to Rachel than just being a "bonds woman", especially when Jim takes a liking to her. This awakens new feelings in David for Rachel. Written by Kelly

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Loretta Young was famous for placing a "swear jar" on the sets of all of her films, charging anyone in the cast or crew who used foul language 25 cents for doing so, then giving the funds to one of her favorite charities. Whilst making this film with her, Robert Mitchum reputedly held his tongue about his pious co-star until shooting was completed. As he exited the set on the final day of production, Mitchum smiled, dropped a $20 bill into the jar, and said, "This should just about cover everything I've been wanting to say to Loretta." See more »

Goofs

While Davey rushes back from the store to eavesdrop on the transaction, the light and shadows indicate it's mid to late afternoon. Mere minutes later as the camera moves outside again, it is already dusk. See more »

Quotes

Jim: Rachel, I'm askin' that you marry me. Just as simple as that except for separatin' you and Big Davey. He never appreciated you. I ain't the catch of the river but I ain't got so much mule-headed vanity I can't admit I'm in love and come right out and do somethin' about it.
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Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

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Referenced in Robert Mitchum: The Reluctant Star (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh He Oh Hi Oh Ho
Music by Roy Webb
Lyrics by Waldo Salt
Performed by Robert Mitchum (uncredited)
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My favorite western/love story
28 July 2002 | by tpotteraSee all my reviews

This is a WONDERFUL movie. Why it wasn't released for home video....Its a beautiful story of a widower (Holden) and his son who feel they need a woman around the house. A neighbor recommends a bond slave (Young) and after persuasion, he reluctantly marries her. She moves in but finds there is not a welcome wagon from the boy or Holden! She is just a housekeeper to them. A wily bachelor friend (Mitchum) shows up unexpectedly and has eyes for Young! Holden doesn't know what to think. He hasn't gotten over the death of his wife yet and can't love Young, but with Mitchum's arrival he starts to get jealous! Simple but deep, touching story with nice filming and awesome performance by all. Especially Mitchum as the lonely bachelor trying to steal Young. Catch it on the classic movie channel.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Tall Dark Stranger See more »

Filming Locations:

Eugene, Oregon, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$395,000
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Company Credits

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1954 re-release)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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