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This Earth Is Mine (1959)

Approved | | Drama | 17 July 1959 (Denmark)
In 1931, Elizabeth Rambeau comes from England to live in California with her aunt and uncle of a winemaking dynasty, who are still wealthy despite 12 years of Prohibition. Object: marriage ... See full summary »

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Henry King
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rock Hudson ... John Rambeau
Jean Simmons ... Elizabeth Rambeau
Dorothy McGuire ... Martha Fairon
Claude Rains ... Philippe Rambeau
Kent Smith ... Francis Fairon
Anna Lee ... Charlotte Rambeau
Ken Scott ... Luigi Griffanti
Augusta Merighi Augusta Merighi ... Mrs. Griffanti
Francis Bethencourt Francis Bethencourt ... Andre Swann
Stacy Graham ... Monica
Peter Chong Peter Chong ... Chu
Geraldine Wall Geraldine Wall ... Maria
Alberto Morin ... Petucci
Penny Santon Penny Santon ... Mrs. Petucci
Jack Mather Jack Mather ... Dietrich
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In 1931, Elizabeth Rambeau comes from England to live in California with her aunt and uncle of a winemaking dynasty, who are still wealthy despite 12 years of Prohibition. Object: marriage to the heir of another vineyard, to further consolidate holdings in the Valley. But John Rambeau, Elizabeth's illegitimate cousin, has other ideas about who she should marry, and sharply opposes patriarch Philippe's refusal to sell wine grapes to bootleggers. John's activities bring violence to the valley, and soap opera to the Rambeau family... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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vineyard | based on novel | wine | soap | See All (4) »

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The Cry that Rocked THE VALLEY OF THE SUN! See more »

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 July 1959 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Bu toprak benimdir See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The film takes place from 1931 to 1932. See more »

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Referenced in Rock Hudson: Dark and Handsome Stranger (2010) See more »

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Three Little Words
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Music by Harry Ruby
Used instrumentally in dance hall scene
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"Grapes must be tutored to become good wines...and to know how to educate them is the art of a good winemaker."
5 September 2017 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

The patriarch of a winemaking dynasty in 1931 Napa Valley welcomes his pretty young granddaughter from England--she thinks she's there for a visit, but her grandfather is plotting to marry her off to a cousin in order to absorb vineyard holdings and keep the winery in the family for future generations. Meanwhile, another cousin has an eye for the girl, though he's in the middle of a devil's bargain between Chicago gangsters and bootleggers ("modern dealings") due to the current Prohibition, all behind the old man's back. Wooden adaptation of Alice Tisdale Hobart's novel "The Cup and the Sword" is an exposition-heavy soaper full of hotheads spouting off, and Rock Hudson explaining everything to Jean Simmons (and to the audience) to keep her up to speed on the cast of characters, their functions and relationships to each other. If this story were to work at all, Hobart's book should have been thrown out or rethought altogether. There are too many people here with different agendas, too much conniving and manipulation, and melodrama as thick as a wine vat full of rotting grapes. Casey Robinson is responsible for the pedantic screenplay, which isn't much better than director Henry King's execrable staging (check out that welcoming dinner for Simmons, with everyone at one long table facing a swimming pool). The film, which gets off to a poor start with an awful theme song composed by Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn, has been produced with considerable polish, and it certainly benefits from Claude Rains' performance as grandfather Phillipe. Otherwise, overwrought and occasionally laughable. *1/2 from ****


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