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The Green Promise (1949)

Widowed Old Man Matthews, who has lived his entire life as a farmer, has moved his family of himself and his four young adult to adolescent offspring - Deborah, Phineas, Abigail and Susan -... See full summary »

Director:

William D. Russell

Writers:

Monte Collins (original story) (as Monty F. Collins), Monte Collins (screenplay) (as Monty F. Collins)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marguerite Chapman ... Deborah Matthews
Walter Brennan ... Mr. Matthews
Robert Paige ... David Barkley
Natalie Wood ... Susan Matthews
Ted Donaldson ... Phineas Matthews
Connie Marshall ... Abigail Matthews
Robert Ellis ... Buzz Wexford
Jeanne LaDuke Jeanne LaDuke ... Jessie Wexford (as Jeanne La Duke)
Irving Bacon ... Julius Larkins
Milburn Stone ... Reverend Jim Benton
Geraldine Wall Geraldine Wall ... Mrs. Wexford
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Storyline

Widowed Old Man Matthews, who has lived his entire life as a farmer, has moved his family of himself and his four young adult to adolescent offspring - Deborah, Phineas, Abigail and Susan - to a just purchased farm in Millwood, following the ecological demise of their last farm on which he was able to collect insurance. He has a "my way or the high way" mentality about most things in life, most specifically about running a farm, he believing his experience trumping everything else. He, however, likes to portray himself as being fair and democratic, all important family matters which are decided on by a family vote. He has these votes as he and the other family members know that Abby and Phin will always vote with him, the former to retain his favor and the latter out of fear regardless of Phin's true thoughts as their father always convinces out of coercion. Such ideas against his include Debbie believing the farm too expensive for the many deficiencies it has, and Susie wanting a few... Written by Huggo

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 March 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Grande Promessa See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

There is one scene where a young Natalie Wood is supposed to run across a bridge. She was told that the bridge would collapse after she got to the other side, but there was an accident and the bridge collapsed while she was still on it. She broke her wrist and it never healed properly. She always wore a bracelet to hide the lump left behind. See more »

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When Susan is running home from school and encounters a bull, a moving shadow of a crew member is visible on the ground, lower left of the frame. See more »

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A Rare Treasure
2 November 2002 | by urthmothrSee all my reviews

I found this at a 4-H Agents Conference...I had never seen it before, possibly because I've always lived in urban areas. I'm such a fan of Wood and Brennan, I took a chance buying it. It shows how 4-H members were able to teach their parents better farming practices. I agree with other reviewers that it could be better... sometimes the logic fails me, but more character development would make a longer film.

The copy I have is very gritty, I'd like to see it re-mastered.

-Earth Mother


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