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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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Storyline

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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Love! Hate! Pride! Passion! Rampant, Riotous In the Heat of a Southern Sun! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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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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Production Co:

Security Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A 1967 re-release attempted to appeal to the new generation by playing up the sex in the advertisements. The '67 poster featured the drawing of a topless woman underneath a bare-chested man on a bed, as well as a topless (but chaste) photo of co-star Fay Spain that was definitely not in the picture itself! For this re-release, Tina Louise was given top-billing and Michael Landon went from tenth billing in 1958 to second billing this time. See more »

Goofs

Although the plot revolves around a hillbilly family who have spent years digging dozens of holes around the property looking for gold, all of the dirt surrounding the holes appears moist and freshly excavated, not dried out and dusty as it would actually be if it had been dug out with shovels and exposed to the sun for years. See more »

Quotes

Bill Thompson: I'm gonna' pull a switch and light up the whole world!
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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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"Tobacco Road" redux...
22 January 2006 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Erskine Caldwell's two most popular books ("Tobacco Road" and "God's Little Acre") were both made into controversial films, though John Ford's 1941 adaptation of "Tobacco Road" made it to the screen with memorably eccentric characters, smoothly segueing from absurdity to pathos. Anthony Mann's work on "God's Little Acre" is appropriately uneven (which is Caldwell's tone, after all), however the switch from ridiculousness to high drama is fitful here and doesn't come off. The performers shouldn't be faulted: Robert Ryan makes a big effort to be loose as patriarch of a Georgia dirt-farm family looking for buried gold on his land, Jack Lord and Vic Morrow are fine as his sons, and Tina Louise is torrid as his daughter-in-law who is not-so-secretly in love with Aldo Ray, an unemployed factory worker. Ray's desperate, lusty character is really the hero of this story (and with his big hairy arms, Ray is more than adept at taking on all comers), but the pacing is slow and a sub-plot about an albino youngster (Michael Landon!) doesn't lead anywhere. The picture is all over the place, but only when it settles into a tight, melodramatic groove near the end does it take on some meaning. For the first hour, "God's Little Acre" is a big, empty hole. **1/2 from ****


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