Friday, February 19, 2010

TOBACCO ROAD (1941)


Tobacco Road (1941) Comedy. Director John Ford. Cast: Charley Grapewin, Marjorie Rambeau, Gene Tierney, William Tracy and Dana Andrews. It was based on the novel of the same name by Erskine Caldwell.

Lazy, hillbilly Jeeter Lester, who would even steal from his own family, lives on the Tobacco Road with his wife Ada, his son Dude and his daughter Ellie May in a very poor living conditions. When the bank takes over his land, banker George Payne leases the land to Jeeter. Jeeter comes up with a plan to get the money from the recent widow Bessie, who just received money from her husbands life insurance. The movie was banned in Australia for unspecified reasons, but did have few censorship problems.

I saw this movie a long time ago and never forgot it. Not really my favorite Gene Tierney film. But, it is a thought provoking film with a couple of funny scenes.
TOBACCO ROAD (1941) Movie Clip.

Tobacco Road is is set during the Depression in the depleted farmloads surrounding Augustus, Georgia, Tobacco Road was first published in 1932. It is the story of the Lesters, a family of destitute white sharecroppers debased by poverty to an elemental state of ignorance and selfishness. Author: Erskine Caldwell.

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