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- kevin sellers
If the world had listened to "cigar man" Major Singleton (played by Donald Crisp) rather than "Cigarette Machine" Brant Royal (played stiffly as always by Gary Cooper) then chances are cigarette smoking would not have caught on and Coop (and millions of others) would not have died of the big C. Put that in your pipe and smoke it!
This ain't High Noon!
- Kevin W. Thorbourne
I have seen many Gary Cooper films, but i have never seen him be so cold blooded! Great movie!
Maitland made an error with his 2.5 rating.
Film is a classic story of revenge and how it consumes. At first the revenge rights a past wrong, but eventually it consumes the avenger. Pat Neal and Lauren Bacall play completely opposite roles as the tough, dare I say prostitute, who loves Cooper, but is never in the picture as other than the woman who is never in the plot to gain the girl of his dream, Pat Neal. Neal, on the other hand is just like her father Donald Crisp, who had destroyed Cooper's family, and now Neal revenge on Cooper. For the critics who missed the ultimate point, the film is an allegory of life. Cooper comes into town without anything, and leaves town in the same condition. The film is one of Cooper's best roles, and makes up for the goofy characters he plays in many of his films.
- les starks
This is a great film about the hard turns life can take and how these characters deal with it. Gary Cooper is superb as the man who invents a cigarette rolling machine with the potential to destroy the way of life Southern tobacco growers enjoyed prior to the machine's invention-- that would be their (and Cooper's) undoing. This is a hard story. It gets under your skin and really makes you think about the realities of life, and how our individual goals can coalesce peaceably or wreck our lives and drive us into despair. Especially when those goals foretell all the lives lost to smoking cigarettes.The performances are nuanced thoughtful, and this is a great film, that is every bit as hard and powerful today as it was in 1950.
DVD direct from Warner Brothers
- Jim Hawkins
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Bright Leaf (1950)
- James Higgins
This is not among my favorite classics. I love all the stars, Gary Cooper does a good job, but Lauren Bacall is an odd choice, she just doesn't fit with the early 1900's time period. Patricia neal does well also, and Jack Carson has one of his better roles from that time period. The costumes are lavish and inpressive, the art direction and score are both good, but I just found it overlong and a bit slow moving. There were times I was bored.
What a great movie with Gary Cooper,Patrica Neal and Lauren Bacall. Very surprised this has not been shown on Turner Classic. Same for Saratoga Trunk.
Still waiting for the DVD
I have been a fan of this film since I first saw it years ago on AMC late one night. Since then I have managed to get my hands on a 16mm print for projection, but I would prefer a good clean sharp DVD to add to my collection. Sure wish someone would hurry up and make this happen.
Wish I had it on DVD
- Virginia Dunn
I don't know why this great old movie isn't available...
Gary Cooper is not a good guy.
- Dick Tibbetts
It isn't often that you see Gary Cooper as a bad guy but in this film, he is superb.He returns to the town that ruined him and his family to seek revenge on those now in power. Two women, are seeking his affection, so it seems, from opposite sides of the tracks. He obtains money and the know how to start manufacturing cigarettes, a no-no in this part of tobacco country. What ensues is the crux of the film. This is a MUST SEE.