Bright Leaf (1950) - Rotten Tomatoes

Bright Leaf (1950)





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Avarice, ambition, romance and revenge characterize this melodrama, set in the 19th-century South, that follows the tumultuous rise and fall of a powerful tobacco magnate.

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Gary Cooper
as Brant Royle
Lauren Bacall
as Sonia Kovac
Patricia Neal
as Margaret Jane Singleton
Jack Carson
as Chris Malley (Dr. Monaco)
Donald Crisp
as Maj. James Singleton
Elizabeth Patterson
as Tabitha Jackson
Jeff Corey
as John Barton
Taylor Holmes
as Lawyer Calhoun
Thurston Hall
as Phillips
James Adamson
as Black Peddler
Shelby Bacon
as Fauntleroy
Chick Chandler
as Tobacco Auctioneer
Boyd Davis
as Official
Elzie Emanuel
as Black Boy
Pat Goldin
as Cousin Arthur
Pete Kellett
as Farmer's Son
Celia Lovsky
as Dressmaker
Cleo Moore
as Cousin Louise
Paul Newlan
as Blacksmith
Nita Talbot
as Cousin Theodora
Ira Buck Woods
as Black Peddler
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A forgotten gem from Michael Curtiz, here is a story about a sharecropper's son (Gary Cooper) who wrangles his way into the fledgling cigarette game with a machine to roll the smokes instead of the old fashioned way, by hand, saving money, making money. Soon he's up against the old tobacco money crowd, cigars only, thank you, and none too appreciative of the new kid on the block, white trash. Along the way is the woman who's always loved him (Bacall) versus the one who only thinks of him as a cheap walk on the wild side, old money (Neal). Coop doesn't pull off white trash too well, the major flaw in the piece, but otherwise a competent entry by populist Curtiz.

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