Bright Leaf

Bright Leaf

Director: Michael Curtiz Cast: Gary Cooper, Lauren Bacall, Jack Carson

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Overview

Bright Leaf

Bright Leaf, a sprawling saga of the tobacco industry in North Carolina, began as a novel by Foster Fitzsimmons, a native Carolinian who for many years taught at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill's theatre department. The film version of Bright Leaf has been simplified and reshaped to serve as a traditional Gary Cooper vehicle. Cooper stars as tenant farmer Brant Royle, who after being driven from his home town by autocratic tobacco tycoon Major Singleton (Donald Crisp) returns in triumph with a revolutionary cigarette-making machine. Royle's streamlined techniques soon drive Singleton out of business. Margaret Singleton (Patricia Neal), Royle's old flame, agrees to marry him to save her father from ruin--whereupon the Major commits suicide. The vengeful Margaret then does everything she can to destroy Royle. The question remaining: can Brant Royle save himself and find ultimate happiness with his true love, Sonia Kovac (Lauren Bacall)? Also appearing in Bright Leaf are Jack Carson as Royle's flamboyant business partner Chris Malley and Jeff Corey as John Barton, the inventor of the "miracle" cigarette-making apparatus.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/02/2009
UPC: 0883316125304
Original Release: 1950
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:50:00
Sales rank: 12,878

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gary Cooper Brant Royle
Lauren Bacall Sonja Kovac
Jack Carson Chris Malley
Patricia Neal Margaret Jane Singleton
Donald Crisp Maj. James Singleton
Gladys George Rose
Elizabeth Patterson Tabitha Jackson
Jeff Corey John Barton
Taylor Holmes Lawyer Calhoun
Thurston Hall Phillips
Marietta Canty Queenie
William Walker Simon
James Adamson Black Peddler
Shelby Bacon Fauntleroy
Marshall Bradford Farmer
Chick Chandler Tobacco Auctioneer
Boyd Davis Official
Elzie Emanuel Black Boy
Pat Flaherty Farmer
Pat Goldin Cousin Arthur
James Griffith Ellery
Pete Kellett Farmer's Son
Leslie Kimmell Hopkins
Lyle Latell Clay
Celia Lovsky Dressmaker
Cleo Moore Cousin Louise
Paul Newlan Blacksmith
John M. Pickard Devers
Nita Talbot Cousin Theodora
Chalky Williams Sheriff
Ira Buck Woods Black Peddler

Technical Credits
Michael Curtiz Director
Marjorie Best Costumes/Costume Designer
Henry Blanke Producer
Benjamin S. Bone Set Decoration/Design
Stanley Fleischer Art Director
Karl W. Freund Cinematographer
Stan Jones Sound/Sound Designer
Ranald MacDougall Screenwriter
Owen Marks Editor
Leah Rhodes Costumes/Costume Designer
Sherry Shourds Asst. Director
Perc Westmore Makeup
Victor Young Score Composer

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