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God's Little Acre (1958)

In the 1950s, a poor Georgia cotton farmer and his sons search for the gold presumably buried on the farm by their grandfather but problems related to poverty, marital infidelity, unemployment and booze threaten to destroy their family.

Director:

Anthony Mann

Writers:

Philip Yordan (screenplay), Erskine Caldwell (based on the world's best selling novel by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Ryan ... Ty Ty Walden
Aldo Ray ... Will Thompson
Buddy Hackett ... Pluto Swint, Sheriff Candidate
Jack Lord ... Buck Walden
Fay Spain ... Darlin' Jill
Vic Morrow ... Shaw Walden
Helen Westcott ... Rosamund
Lance Fuller ... Jim Leslie
Rex Ingram ... Uncle Felix
Michael Landon ... Dave Dawson
Russell Collins ... Watchman
Davis Roberts ... Farm Hand with Hoe
Janet Brandt Janet Brandt ... Irate Woman
Tina Louise ... Griselda Walden, Ty Ty's Daughter-in-Law
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A poor farmer is obsessed with finding gold on his land supposedly buried by his grandfather. To find it he conveniently moves a marker out of his way that designates the land on which it rests as as God's Little Acre, where anything that comes from the ground will go to God's work. Eventually he abducts an albino to help him find the gold. Meanwhile, his daughter-in-law is suspected of fooling around with a labor activist out of work since the mill closed, and a local political hopeful actively seeks his daughter's hand in marriage. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 1958 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Erskine Caldwell's God's Little Acre See more »

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Security Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Film debut of Tina Louise. See more »

Goofs

Pluto gets a shovel full of dirt thrown in his face. His face is covered in dust and dirt. Moments later his face is completely clean. See more »

Quotes

Ty Ty Walden: [in son Jim Leslie's home] That's a dining room - way down there?
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introducing Tina Louise See more »

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God's Little Acre
(uncredited)
Written by Elmer Bernstein and Erskine Caldwell
Performed by Bill Lee (uncredited)
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God's Little Imbeciles
5 August 2006 | by marcslopeSee all my reviews

What this and "Tobacco Road," Erskine Caldwell's other magnum opus, have in common is a portrait of the Deep South as populated by a people with a collective IQ of about 50. There's Robert Ryan as the clueless patriarch convinced that his granddaddy buried gold treasure on his land; he's a God-lovin' cuss but a hypocrite, forever changing his life rules to accommodate his avarice. There's Buddy Hackett (of all people) as a sheriff candidate who can't even paint an "N" correctly, in love with one of Ryan's nubile daughters. Characters have names like Ty Ty and Darlin' Jill, to make them more folksy, I guess, and the themes are greed and lust, most particularly between Tina Louise (the camera lovingly caressing her breasts at every turn) as Ty Ty's sassy daughter-in-law, desperately craving her brother-in-law, Aldo Ray. Tina Louise was sho' 'nuff all woman, and Aldo Ray all man, and I'll long remember their encounter at the water pump. The characters' collective idiocy gets on one's nerves, and the various conflicts resolve themselves entirely unconvincingly, but it's not a total loss. Ernest Haller's handsome black-and-white widescreen photography does capture the heat and grime of the cotton fields, and Elmer Bernstein's score is very good fake Copland.


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