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Tap Roots (1948)

TV-PG | | Drama, War, Western | 29 November 1948 (Aruba)
In 1860s Mississippi, the Dabneys, founders of the Dabney plantation in Levington, experience tragedy and turmoil when they refuse to join either side of the American Civil War.

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George Marshall

Writers:

James Street (novel), Alan Le May | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Van Heflin ... Keith Alexander
Susan Hayward ... Morna Dabney
Boris Karloff ... Tishomingo
Julie London ... Aven Dabney
Whitfield Connor ... Clay MacIvor
Ward Bond ... Hoab Dabney
Richard Long ... Bruce Dabney
Arthur Shields ... Reverend Kirkland
Griff Barnett ... Dr. MacIntosh
Sondra Rodgers Sondra Rodgers ... Shellie Dabney
Ruby Dandridge ... Dabby
Russell Simpson ... Big Sam Dabney
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Storyline

Morna Dabney is engaged to soldier Clay MacIvor in the days before the War Between the States. Morna's grandfather Big Sam Dabney founded their Mississippi plantation near Levington, which thrives in the Deep South, but he remains loyal to the Union, as does his son Hoab, Morna's father. As Mississippi secedes, Hoab plans to withdraw the area around his plantation and remain neutral, and he gains support from local newspaperman Keith Alexander. Keith falls in love with Morna, whose fiancé Clay has joined the Confederate Army. Clay plans to punish the would-be neutral citizens of Levington by raiding the area, but Morna, with the help of her grandfather's Choctaw friend Tishomingo, attempts to thwart the attack. Morna sacrifices greatly to protect her home and the man she really loves. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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When she lost her lover...her sister gained one!

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Drama | War | Western

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 November 1948 (Aruba) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Tal der Leidenschaften See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,118,688 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

On 27th of September 1948, a radio version of Tap Roots , starring Van Heflin, Susan Hayward and Richard Long reprising their film roles, was broadcast by Lux Radio Theatre. See more »

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Set in 1860, dynamite (invented in the mid 1860s) is used in the film. See more »

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Sub 'Gone with the Wind' shenanigans.
5 August 2000 | by Ale fishSee all my reviews

Universal seem to have thrown a lot of cash at these sub 'Gone with the Wind' shenanigans but really should have paid more attention to the script. Although a potentially interesting idea - a small valley tries to stay neutral during the US Civil War - the movie concentrates almost exclusively on a vapid central romance lifted almost wholesale from that earlier Selznick classic.

Van Hefflin tries hard to inject the kind of dangerous humour that Clark Gable brought to Rhett Butler but Susan Hayward is hopelessly miscast as the young, flighty Southern belle. An excellent actress in the right circumstances, here she looks far too sensible for the role and resorts to a permanent wide-eyed stare to convey youth and innocence. She merely looks like a startled rabbit.

Elsewhere, what should have been the pivotal role of the valley's patriarch is simply not given enough screentime, thus reducing Ward Bond to the occasional ineffectual splutter and the climax to an empty, mechanical spectacle devoid of emotional resonance. Boris Karloff brings a touch of class to the role of the friendly native American retainer but Julie London is wasted in a thankless role.

Overall, it's the kind of picture that the studio must have presumed would make itself and this lack of commitment results in a significant lack of quality.


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