Synopsis: Slave owner Warren Maxwell insists that his son, Hammond, who is busy bedding the slaves he buys, marry a white woman and father him a son. While in New Orleans, he picks up a wife, Blanche, a "bed wench," Ellen, and a Mandingo slave, Mede, whom he trains to be a bare-knuckle fighting champion. Angered that Hammond is spending too much time with his slaves, Blanche beds down Mede.
Director(s): Richard Fleischer
Production: Paramount Pictures
  1 win.
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127 min

There wasn't no

14-year-old virgins

Around falconhurst.

Hammond craves

the bright-skinned ones.

Why ever you don't

hanker for big pearl.

I do hanker, papa,


She's powerful musky

is all.

No need for musk

to bother you.

Just soak them good

In manganade

and potash water.

I need some more milk.

Yes, sir, master.


you black scoundrel,

Get in here,

help lucrezia borgia.

Tell them how many

suckers you brung us,

lucrezia borgia.

24, master.

These twins...

Are two of them.

She bred out now-

Too old.

Yes, sir, massa.

I'm calling you, mem.

I'm begging you

to step face.

Papa, don't get yourself

riled now.

It ain't good

for your rheumatism.

I'll get master hammond

To take a piece

of your hide off of you.

Oh, no, massa,

don't hide me.

Please, sir.

I-I be spry.

Do you have

any religion

For your niggers,

mr. Maxwell?

Hell, no.

More religions they gets,

the ornerier they gets.

Harder to drive.

Don't worry none about

their immortal souls?

They ain't got

no immortal souls.

They gets to thinking

they has souls.

They gets to thinking

They's as good

as white folk.

Mem, you reckon

you got a soul?

Well, a lazy,


Stupid, god-forsaken

n*gger like me

Can't have a soul,


Well, some folks

think they got souls

And go to heaven,


Them abolitionists

up north done say

they's good as whites.

Damn sons of bitches.

Slavery was ordained

by god-

By god hisself.

Niggers are right happy

eating, working,



Cracks and loonies!

Papa, papa.


in other folks'


Papa, your rheumatism.

I don't give a damn

about my rheumatism!

Don't do this,

don't do that!

Gets worse,

whatever I do

or quit doing!

Uh, sleeping...

With one of them

naked mexican dogs...

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Norman Wexler

Norman Wexler (August 6, 1926 – August 23, 1999) was an American screenwriter whose work included such films as Saturday Night Fever, Serpico and Joe, for which he received an Oscar nomination in 1971. A Detroit native and 1944 Central High School graduate, Wexler attended Harvard University before moving to New York in 1951. more…

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