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Tap Roots (1948)





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Set at the beginning of the Civil War, Tap Roots is all about a county in Mississippi which chooses to secede from the state rather than enter the conflict. The county is protected from the Confederacy by an abolitionist (Ward Bond) and a Native American gentleman (Boris Karloff). The abolitionist's daughter (Susan Hayward) is courted by a powerful newspaper publisher (Van Heflin) when her fiance (Whitfield Connor), a confederate officer, elopes with the girl's sister (Julie London). The daughter at first resists the publisher's attentions, but turns to him for aid when her ex-fiance plans to capture the seceding county on behalf of the South. A pocket-edition Gone With the Wind, Tap Roots is way too ambitious for its smallish budget. Modern viewers can have fun spotting such anachronisms as the Southern troops' use of dynamite--several years before it was invented. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Susan Hayward
as Morna Dabney
Van Heflin
as Keith Alexander
Boris Karloff
as Tishomingo
Julie London
as Aven Dabney
Whitfield Connor
as Clay MacIvor
Ward Bond
as Hoab Dabney
Richard Long
as Bruce Dabney
Arthur Shields
as Rev. Kirkland
Griff Barnett
as Dr. MacIntosh
Russell Simpson
as Sam Dabney
Jack Davis
as Militia Captain
Gregg Barton
as Captain
Jonathan Hale
as Gen. Johnston
William Haade
as Mob Leader
Bill Neff
as Lieutenant
Dick Dickinson
as Field Hand
Elmo Lincoln
as Sergeant
George J. Lewis
as Confederate (uncredited)
Helen Mowery
as (uncredited)
William Challee
as Sergeant (uncredited)
John James
as (uncredited)
Hank Worden
as Cropper (uncredited)
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