The Cabin In The Cotton

  • 1932
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Barthelmess had just about finished his career when this was made, teaming him with a young woman named Bette Davis. She is perfectly cast as a rich Southern vamp who toys with the emotions of Barthelmess, an indigent share-cropper's son who works as the night man at the general store owned by Davis' father (Churchill). Barthelmess is promoted to bookkeeper,...read more

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Barthelmess had just about finished his career when this was made, teaming him with a young woman named Bette Davis. She is perfectly cast as a rich Southern vamp who toys with the emotions of Barthelmess, an indigent share-cropper's son who works as the night man at the general store

owned by Davis' father (Churchill). Barthelmess is promoted to bookkeeper, then learns that Churchill has been cheating his tenant farmers out of much of their profits. But now Barthelmess is almost like a son to Churchill, who hopes to get the younger man to fink on the tenant farmers that are

planning a rebellion. Barthelmess is in a pickle; he loves Davis but also has strong feelings for Dorothy Jordan, his childhood sweetheart. He is also torn between the farmers, who are ripping off the landowner, and the landowner, who is ripping off the farmers. Barthelmess is the only one who

knows what's happening on both sides. He brings the two sides together to sign a contract that will be fair to both, and is called a hero. He then decides to continue seeing Jordan. Davis watches them leave and smiles, knowing that he is still smitten and will eventually come back to her. CABIN IN

THE COTTON, which sounds like a Gershwin tune for an obscure musical, could have been a powerful screen story, but its adaptation of the novel left much on the cutting room floor. This movie contains one famous line of dialog: Davis, ever the sexy and mean coquette, says, "I'd love to kiss you,

but I just washed my hair"(although she says it in an accent so thick you could pour it on pancakes).

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