The Romance of Rosy Ridge

Overview

Janet Leigh made an impressive film-debut in MGM's The Romance of Rosy Ridge. Though the title suggests a lighthearted musical, the film is actually a fairly sober adaptation with slight comic undertones of a novel by Mackinlay Kantor. In the days following the Civil War, a Missouri farming community lives in a state of constant tension due to conflicting pro-North and pro-South sentiments. Into this situation ambles ex-Union soldier Henry Carson Van Johnson, who briefly camps out at the farm of unforgiving ...
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Overview

Janet Leigh made an impressive film-debut in MGM's The Romance of Rosy Ridge. Though the title suggests a lighthearted musical, the film is actually a fairly sober adaptation with slight comic undertones of a novel by Mackinlay Kantor. In the days following the Civil War, a Missouri farming community lives in a state of constant tension due to conflicting pro-North and pro-South sentiments. Into this situation ambles ex-Union soldier Henry Carson Van Johnson, who briefly camps out at the farm of unforgiving Confederate sympathizer Gill MacBean Thomas Mitchell. Suspecting that Carson is up to no good, MacBean is sure of it when the handsome stranger begins courting MacBean's daughter Lissy Anne Leigh. Things come to a head dramatically when the heretofore easygoing Carson comes face to face with a band of hooded, night-riding barn burners who've been fomenting discord among the farmers.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Janet Leigh never looked as dewy-eyed and innocent as she does in her first film, The Romance of Rosy Ridge, and that genuine naivete is one of the film's assets. On the whole, Leigh's performance is good, but nothing special. But she brings to the part the authentic feeling of someone discovering something new; in the case of the budding starlet, it's the thrill of having a major role in a major film, and that thrill translates nicely to the character of Lissy Anne, who is experiencing the thrill of true young love. Leigh's openhearted embrace of the part is lovely to see, and it helps to compensate for those moments when her dramatic skill lags behind her enthusiasm. Opposite her is the much more experienced Van Johnson, who gets to play a part that presents him with more challenges than his lighthearted comedy and musical roles and who fills the part very well. His dramatic performance is quite good, and his star power holds the film together, even as the film creaks along in places. The plotting is a trifle clunky, and the film strains too hard for conflict, for drama, for a tear here and there. Director Roy Rowland handles this as best he can, but he can't disguise some of the shortcomings in the material.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/12/2011
  • UPC: 883316343432
  • Original Release: 1947
  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: Remastered
  • Time: 1:45:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 17,705

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joyce Arling Mrs. Willhart
Van Johnson Henry Carson
James Bell John Willhart
Janet Leigh Lissy Anne MacBean
William Bishop Ad Buchanan
Thomas Mitchell Gill MacBean
Jim Davis Badge Dessark
Charles Dingle John Dessark
Guy Kibbee Cal Baggett
Paul Langton Tom Yeary
Selena Royle Sairy MacBean
Russell Simpson Dan Yeary
Dean Stockwell Andrew MacBean
Marshall Thompson Ben MacBean
O.Z. Whitehead Ninny Nat
Elizabeth Risdon Emily Baggett
Technical Credits
Roy Rowland Director
Lewis Allan Songwriter
George Bassman Score Composer
Lester Cole Screenwriter
Jack Cummings Producer
Jack Dawn Makeup
Jack Donohue Choreography
Richard Duce Art Director
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Eddie Imazu Art Director
Elliot Morgan Set Decoration/Design
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Earl Robinson Songwriter
Irene Sharaff Costumes/Costume Designer
Irene Valles Costumes/Costume Designer
Sidney Wagner Cinematographer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
Ralph Winters Editor
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