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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.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

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

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

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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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 July 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bright Leaf See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Lawyer Calhoun: We all felt pretty bad about your... trouble.
Brant Royle: Yeah, I'll bet you cried hour after hour.
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Connections

Referenced in Bright Leaves (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

You Tell Me Your Dream, I'll Tell You Mine
(uncredited)
Music by Neil Moret (as Chas. N. Daniels)
Lyrics by Seymour Rice and Albert H. Brown
Sung by the girls at the birthday party
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Coop and the tobacco industry
16 August 2005 | by guilfisher-1See all my reviews

This 1950 film starred Gary Cooper, Lauren Bacall and Patricia Neal in the leading roles and brought drama within the tobacco industry, although in the 50s it was okay to smoke. Doubt this film could make it this day and age.

Interesting to see real-life lovers Cooper and Neal tear up the scenery with their love scenes. Cooper seemed a bit on the reserved side even though he was out for revenge. But, that's Coop. He's a master of do nothing on the screen and manages to hold his own. Spencer Tracy is another one of those dynamic actors. Here he plots to take over the tobacco industry from a man (splendidly played by that veteran character actor of distinction, Donald Crisp) who in the past had run him out of town for kissing his daughter (yes, just kissing) played by the lovely Patricia Neal.

In the meantime Coop courts long time girl friend, Lauren Bacall, somewhat miscast in this, for money to start up a cigarette making factory invented by Jeff Corey, another great actor. Lauren doesn't look her best in this. How can we forget all those marvelous Bogart/Bacall films with her slinky hair and sultry body. In this her hair is up and curled and her gowns of the period don't look good on her. Bring Baby back. She doesn't have the chemistry with Cooper as she did with Bogart. And obviously the chemistry was flying with Neal and Cooper instead.

Also in the cast are Jack Carson, in a small and not so well written role that wasted this fine actor. Gladys George (remember her in MADAME X) was also wasted in a thankless role.

However, it's fine drama of the time and good to see the stars playing out their roles.

I prefer to remember Coop in such films as SERGEANT YORK, FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS, SARATOGA TRUNK, FOUNTAINHEAD, HIGH NOON and ALONG CAME JONES.


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