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Bright Leaf (1950)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 2 July 1950 (USA)
In 1894, Brant Royle shocks the aristocratic tobacco growers of Kingsmont by planning to mass-produce cigarettes.


Michael Curtiz


Ranald MacDougall (screenplay), Foster Fitzsimmons (novel) (as Foster Fitz-Simons)




Complete credited cast:
Gary Cooper ... Brant Royle
Lauren Bacall ... Sonia Kovac
Patricia Neal ... Margaret Jane Singleton
Jack Carson ... Chris Malley - Dr. Monaco
Donald Crisp ... Major James Singleton
Gladys George ... Rose
Elizabeth Patterson ... Tabitha Singleton
Jeff Corey ... John Barton
Taylor Holmes ... Calhoun - Lawyer
Thurston Hall ... Phillips


Once, magnate Major Singleton ran the Royles out of the Kingsmont tobacco country for daring to make lowly cigarettes. Now in 1894, Brant Royle, last of his name, is back. Forceful and macho, Brant intends to re-establish his family no matter what it takes. Two lovely women have waited for him: bordello keeper Sonia, with love; Singleton's daughter Margaret, with hatred and desire. As automation rears its head, the struggle attains an epic quality. Will Royle Cigarettes flood the market? Will Brant pick the wrong woman? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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He had to fight for everything he owned ... except this woman's lips !


Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


Patricia Neal, who was involved in a three-year off-screen romance with Gary Cooper, very much wanted to play the Lauren Bacall role, but Warners refused to test her. See more »


After Major Singleton shoots Brant he neglects to put the other pistol in the case or reload the pistol he used and yet shoots himself in the carriage. See more »


Sonia Kovac: No woman who wants something is a lady. If she is, she doesn't get it.
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Featured in Bright Leaves (2003) See more »


Wedding March
From "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Music by Felix Mendelssohn
Played briefly at the wedding
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the best of Cooper
24 July 2006 | by btmarnoldSee all my reviews

I too have seen this movie many times & whenever possible. I have seen nearly every Gary Cooper movie. This is by far his best performance! The combination of star power, story and character interplay is flawless. If you have never seen a Cooper movie, see this one first. I'm also a huge fan of Donald Crisp. Again, a tremendous performance (though a slight step back of How Green Was My Valley). Never been a big Patricia Neal fan but, again, a great performance. Just another great job by Bacall. This is nearly in the EPIC category as movies go. Somewhat loosely based on the history of the tobacco industry/progression, it chronicles the rise in popularity & proliferation of cigarettes. This is truly a hidden gem that most movie fans are unaware of, but should be. And if that weren't enough, it was directed by the great Michael Curtiz.

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Release Date:

2 July 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

North Carolina, USA


Box Office


$1,944,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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