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Friendly Persuasion ()


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The pacifist attitude of a Quaker family is tested as a result of the American Civil War.

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  • Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 4 nominations.
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Jess Birdwell
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Eliza Birdwell
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Josh Birdwell
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Little Jess Birdwell
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Sam Jordan
Phyllis Love ...
Mattie Birdwell
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Gard Jordan (as Mark Richman)
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Professor Quigley
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Purdy
Joel Fluellen ...
Enoch
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Major Harvey
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Caleb Cope
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Opal Hudspeth
Marjorie Durant ...
Pearl Hudspeth
Frances Farwell ...
Ruby Hudspeth
Samantha the Goose ...
Samantha the Goose
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The Widow Hudspeth
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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Poor Loser Dunked by Jess (uncredited)
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Soldier (uncredited)
Irvin Ashkenazy ...
Farmer (uncredited)
Walter Bacon ...
Carnival Patron (uncredited)
Benjie Bancroft ...
Carnival Patron (uncredited)
John Barton ...
Carnival Patron (uncredited)
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Carnival Patron (uncredited)
Nick Borgani ...
Carnival Patron (uncredited)
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Quaker (uncredited)
Tex Brodus ...
Carnival Patron (uncredited)
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Dancer at Carnival (uncredited)
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Emma - Quaker Woman (uncredited)
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Barker (uncredited)
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Operator (uncredited)
Bud Cokes ...
Carnival Patron (uncredited)
Cecil Combs ...
Carnival Patron (uncredited)
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Rebel Lieutenant (uncredited)
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Reb Courier (uncredited)
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Band Leader (uncredited)
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Midget at County Fair (uncredited)
Russell Custer ...
Carnival Patron (uncredited)
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Drinker (uncredited)
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Farmer (uncredited)
James Dobson ...
Rebel Soldier (uncredited)
Richard Elmore ...
Carnival Patron (uncredited)
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Small Role (uncredited)
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Carnival Patron (uncredited)
Bob Folkerson ...
Southern Renegade (uncredited)
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Youthful Soldier at Shooting Gallery (uncredited)
Ralph Gamble ...
Medicine Man (uncredited)
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Rebel Bushwhacker Grabbed by Jess (uncredited)
Slim Gaut ...
Carnival Patron (uncredited)
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Brother Amos - Elder (uncredited)
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Carnival Patron (uncredited)
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Coward (uncredited)
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Quaker (uncredited)
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Lemonade Vendor (uncredited)
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Brother Cope - Elder (uncredited)
Ron Hargrave ...
Farmer (uncredited)
Harry Hines ...
County Fair Barker (uncredited)
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Shooting Gallery Operator (uncredited)
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Church Member (uncredited)
Jean Inness ...
Mrs. Purdy (uncredited)
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Young Rebel (uncredited)
Jack Isbell ...
Carnival Patron (uncredited)
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Country Woman (uncredited)
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Carnival Patron (uncredited)
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Shell Game Man (uncredited)
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Elizabeth - Quaker Girl (uncredited)
Leroy Johnson ...
Forager (uncredited)
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Quaker (uncredited)
Chester Jones ...
Carnival Patron (uncredited)
King Karlo ...
Fire Eater (uncredited)
Don Kennedy ...
Buster - Whacked by Eliza (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ...
Billy Goat's Manager (uncredited)
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Forager (uncredited)
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Old Lady (uncredited)
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Quaker (uncredited)
Clarence Landry ...
Carnival Patron (uncredited)
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Clem - Looter (uncredited)
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Methodist Minister (uncredited)
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Farmer on Front Line with Gard (uncredited)
Jack Macy ...
Small Role (uncredited)
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Carnival Patron (uncredited)
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Soldier (uncredited)
Tipp McClure ...
Union Soldier (uncredited)
Tyler McVey ...
Farmer (uncredited)
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Farmer (uncredited)
Ralph Moratz ...
Carnival Patron (uncredited)
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Farmer (uncredited)
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Carnival Patron (uncredited)
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Forager (uncredited)
Murray Parker ...
Sword Swallower (uncredited)
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Carnival Patron (uncredited)
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Carnival Patron (uncredited)
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Ex-Sergeant on Front Line with Josh (uncredited)
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Carnival Patron (uncredited)
Ivan Rasputin ...
Billy Goat - Wrestling Challenger (uncredited)
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Farmer (uncredited)
Henry Rowland ...
O'Hara (uncredited)
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Businessman (uncredited)
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Young Husband (uncredited)
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Quaker (uncredited)
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Rebel Captain (uncredited)
Lucile Sewall ...
Carnival Patron (uncredited)
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Brother Griffith - Elder (uncredited)
Leslie Sketchley ...
Carnival Patron (uncredited)
Cap Somers ...
Carnival Patron (uncredited)
Jack Sterling ...
Rebel (uncredited)
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Rebel Looter (uncredited)
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Supply Sergeant (uncredited)
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Poor Loser (uncredited)
William Vedder ...
Farmer (uncredited)
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Carnival Patron (uncredited)
Glen Walters ...
Dancer at Carnival (uncredited)
Steve Warren ...
Haskell (uncredited)
Hart Wayne ...
Farmer (uncredited)
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Christian Church Member (uncredited)

Directed by

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William Wyler

Written by

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Jessamyn West ... (book)
 
Jessamyn West ... (contributing writer) (uncredited)
 
Michael Wilson ... (screenplay) (originally uncredited)

Produced by

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Robert Wyler ... associate producer
William Wyler ... producer
Harry F. Hogan ... assistant producer (uncredited)
Walter Mirisch ... executive producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Dimitri Tiomkin ... (music composed by)

Cinematography by

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Ellsworth Fredericks ... director of photography (as Ellsworth Fredricks)

Film Editing by

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Robert Belcher ... film editor (as Robert A. Belcher)
Edward A. Biery ... film editor (as Edward A. Biery Jr.)
Robert Swink ... film editor

Editorial Department

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Hal Ashby ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Art Direction by

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Ted Haworth ... (as Edward S. Haworth)

Set Decoration by

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Joseph Kish ... (as Joe Kish)

Costume Design by

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Dorothy Jeakins ... (costume design)

Makeup Department

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Agnes Flanagan ... hair stylist (as Agnes Flanigan)
Emile LaVigne ... makeup artist
Glenn Cavender ... makeup (uncredited)
John G. Holden ... makeup (uncredited)

Production Management

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Allen K. Wood ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Austen Jewell ... assistant director
Claude Binyon Jr. ... assistant director (uncredited)
Thomas Carr ... second unit director (uncredited)
William O'Donnell ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Tom Plews ... properties (as Tommy Plews)
James West ... construction supervisor (as Jimmy West)

Sound Department

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Ralph Butler ... recording engineer
Del Harris ... sound editor
Gordon R. Glennan ... sound recordist: Westrex Sound Services (uncredited)
Gordon Sawyer ... sound recordist: Samuel Goldwyn Studio Sound Department (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Augie Lohman ... special effects (as August Lohman)
Charles Duncan ... special effects (uncredited)
Hank Moreland ... special effects (uncredited)
Hank Morland ... special effects (uncredited)

Stunts

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Tap Canutt ... stunts (uncredited)
John Epper ... stunts (uncredited)
Loren Janes ... stunts (uncredited)
Leroy Johnson ... stunts (uncredited)
Slim Talbot ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Ray Rennahan ... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Al St. Hilaire ... stills (uncredited)
Phil Stern ... still photographer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Bert Henrikson ... wardrobe
Norman Martien ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Sid Mintz ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Adolph Seidel ... wardrobe (uncredited)

Music Department

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Richard C. Harris ... music editor
Dimitri Tiomkin ... music conducted by
Jack Dumont ... musician (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt ... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Parrish ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Herbert Taylor ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Robert Gary ... set continuity
Cosmo Genovese ... script supervisor (uncredited)
Harry F. Hogan ... script supervisor (uncredited)
Richard Michaels ... assistant script supervisor (uncredited)

Other crew

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Clarence Marks ... consultant
Richard Maybery ... production assistant
Stuart Millar ... assistant to the producer
Jessamyn West ... technical advisor
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Plot Summary

The story of a family of Quakers in Indiana in 1862. Their religous sect is strongly opposed to violence and war. It's not easy for them to meet the rules of their religion in everyday life but when Southern troops pass the area they are in real trouble. Should they fight, despite their peaceful attitide? Written by Olaf Mertens

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Taglines WHAT FUN YOU'LL HAVE...AND WHAT A FAMILY! YOU'LL FEEL AS IF YOU ARE A PART OF IT...OR WOULD LIKE TO BE! (re-release print ad - all caps) See more »
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Also Known As
  • Mr. Birdwell Goes to Battle (United States)
  • La loi du Seigneur (France)
  • Lockende Versuchung (Germany)
  • La gran prueba (Spain)
  • Дружеское увещевание (Soviet Union, Russian title)
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  • 137 min
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Budget $3,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Gary Cooper originally did not want to play a father of grown children. This was despite the fact that he was 55 in real life. Ironically, many critics in 1956 felt he looked too old to play Jess Birdwell. See more »
Goofs When Jess is grazed by a Rebel bullet, the cut runs across his forehead. In the next scene, the cut runs up and down. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Family Classics: Friendly Persuasion (1963). See more »
Soundtracks Friendly Persuasion (Thee I Love) See more »
Quotes Jess Birdwell: I'm just his father, Eliza, not his conscience. A man's life ain't worth a hill of beans except he lives up to his own conscience.
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