Tobacco Road
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Tobacco Road
Erskine Caldwell's once-scandalous novel Tobacco Road resulted in an equally steamy stage play by Jack Kirkland, which became one of the longest-running productions in Broadway history. This story of indigence and amorality amongst inbred "poor whites" (based on people Caldwell had known while growing up in Georgia) had to be heavily expurgated for movie consumption, put there was plenty of comedy and colorful characterizations to suit the purposes of director John Ford. Charley Grapewin stars as Jeeter Lester, shiftless patriarch of a large backwoods clan. The Lesters are about… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"If you can get past its flaws, especially its stereotype characterization of the hillbillies, there's a subversiveness to it that is pleasantly intoxicating."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"John Ford's weirdest film plays like a flip-side of -- or an alternate reality to -- The Grapes of Wrath."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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