So Red the Rose

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So Red the Rose is a Civil War drama that plays like a warm-up for Gone With the Wind--and, unlike Wind, has two genuine Southerners in the leading roles. Margaret Sullavan is the aristocratic mistress of a sprawling Southern plantation, whose sheltered lifestyle is rent asunder by the War. All that sustains her during the conflict's darkest days is her love for her distant cousin, a Confederate officer played by Randolph Scott. Despite the incursions of Yankee troops (most of whom are portrayed as one step above gorillas), Sullavan holds her family together even after her mansion is burned to the ground. She even manages to talk her slaves out of rebelling, in a scene that must have caused embarrassment for everyone concerned in later years. The fact that So Red the Rose died at the box office (industryites dubbed the picture "So Red the Ink") was the principal reason why so many producers turned down Gone with the Wind a few years later. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Margaret Sullavan
as Vallette Bedford
Randolph Scott
as Duncan Bedford
Walter Connolly
as Malcolm Bedford
Janet Beecher
as Sally Bedford
Harry Ellerbe
as Edward Bedford
Robert Cummings
as George Pendleton
Charles Starrett
as George McGehee
Johnny Downs
as Yankee Boy
Daniel L. Haynes
as William Veal
Dickie Moore
as Middleton Bedford
James Burke
as Maj. Rushton
Warner P. Richmond
as Confederate Sergeant
Alfred Delcambre
as Charles Tolliver
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