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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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 July 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le roi du tabac 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

Documentary filmmaker Ross McElwee was under the impression this film mirrored his great-grandfather's contributions to the Bull Durham tobacco industry, along with his rival James B. Duke, in post-Civil War Durham, NC. He even made a documentary called Bright Leaves (2003) about it. See more »

Goofs

When Brant is lying at the bottom of the stairs as the fire begins in Singleton house, the servant runs to him. In a brief shot, we see Brant raising his arm as if he is coming to and beginning to get up, but in the next shot, as the servant reaches him, he is still lying flat as if still knocked out. 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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Featured 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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Two High Maintenance Southern Women
23 May 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I think that Warner Brothers liked the performance that Gary Cooper gave in Edna Ferber's Saratoga Trunk which was released under their auspices a few years earlier. So when Cooper signs with Warner Brothers, Bright Leaf which is about the tobacco industry which has an Ferber like quality to it seemed perfect for him.

It didn't turn out that unfortunately. Brant Royle may be the most unsympathetic character Gary Cooper who was THE archetypal screen hero ever played. He's come back to his home which is in a valley in the tobacco growing country of North Carolina looking for vengeance on Donald Crisp the tobacco baron who ruined his father. All he has as the family heir is a closed factory. But when Crisp refuses to take an interest in Jeff Corey's new cigarette rolling machine, Cooper latches on to Corey and with medicine show doctor Jack Carson to sell the product, the three form a partnership.

Lauren Bacall who runs the town's house of joy with Gladys George helps kick start the firm with a financial investment. She likes Cooper well enough, but he's got eyes on Patricia Neal who is Crisp's daughter. Neal is a southern to the manor born heiress like Bette Davis in Jezebel and Vivien Leigh in Gone With The Wind. Those are high maintenance women and Cooper finds out just how high maintenance she is before the film concludes.

Though this is a Gary Cooper film, the female co-stars really steal this film from the men. Neal and Bacall are whom you watch and remember from Bright Leaf and of course Gladys George who is never bad in anything.

Though Bright Leaf is about a typical Edna Ferber empire builder the ending is anything like what you would find in a Ferber novel. Bright Leaf is a bit too melodramatic for my taste, but fans of the stars should find it good.


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