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Tobacco Road (1941)

Tobacco Road (1941)

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In this film, Charley Grapewin stars as Jeeter Lester, shiftless patriarch of a large backwoods clan. The Lesters are about to be thrown off their land for nonpayment of rent, but anyone who tries to help them is chased away by the poverty-stricken but intensely-proud Jeeter.

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Cast

Charley Grapewin
as Jeeter Lester
Charles Grapewin
as Jeeter Lester
Marjorie Rambeau
as Sister Bessie Rice
Gene Tierney
as Ellie May Lester
William Tracy
as Dude Lester
Dana Andrews
as Dr. Tim
Ward Bond
as Lov Bensey
Grant Mitchell
as George Payne
Zeffie Tilbury
as Grandma Lester
Harry Tyler
as Auto Salesman
Jack Pennick
as Deputy sheriff
Dorothy Adams
as Payne's secretary
Francis Ford
as Vagabond
John 'Skins' Miller
as Garage Attendant
Mae Marsh
as Woman
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Critic Reviews for Tobacco Road

All Critics (2)

If you can get past its flaws, especially its stereotype characterization of the hillbillies, there's a subversiveness to it that is pleasantly intoxicating.

Full Review… | April 1, 2013
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

John Ford's weirdest film plays like a flip-side of -- or an alternate reality to -- The Grapes of Wrath.

Full Review… | March 27, 2013
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Audience Reviews for Tobacco Road

not a bit like the book, it's a comedy and it's watchable i guess. at least they spared gene tierney the harelip

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

John Ford's Tobacco Road is The Grapes of Wrath with slapstick and sight gags. Present are the trademark Ford fences in sunset silhouette and thematic musical selections, but what is different is the over the top portrayal of poor, illiterate tenant farmers. While amusing, if one is familiar with Erskine Caldwell's novel, Ford's adaptation seems both a bit cruel and trite, considering the novel's dark conclusion. Worth watching for William Tracey's portrayal of Dude Lester.

Scott Gower
Scott Gower

The book was apparently much different from the film here, which was turned into a bizarrely bitter- (lacking the sweet) comedy. I think censorship got the best of this one. Still, two starts for Ford's direction and Charley Grapewin's portrayal of Jeeter Lester.

Jeff Bachman
Jeff Bachman

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