First screened in May 2002 / Most recently screened in February 2016
Director: Elia Kazan. Cast: Jeanne Crain, Ethel Waters, Ethel Barrymore, William Lundigan, Frederick O'Neal, Nina Mae McKinney, Griff Barnett, Basil Ruysdael, Evelyn Varden, Kenny Washington, Raymond Greenleaf. Screenplay: Philip Dunne and Dudley Nichols (based on the novel by Cid Ricketts Sumner).

Twitter Capsule: Queasier but more interesting than Gentleman's Agreement. Hoary view of the South, but the sour ambiance intrigues. Waters!

VOR:   All the same qualities that make this retrograde make it unmissable as a cultural text: an outmoded societal vision and an odd, musty revival of tragic mulatta tropes.

Photo © 1949 20th Century Fox

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: C+

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Actress: Jeanne Crain
Best Supporting Actress: Celeste Holm
Best Supporting Actress: Elsa Lanchester

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