Tobacco Road

Synopsis: Shiftless Jeeter Lester and his family of hillbilly stereotypes live in a rural backwater where their ancestors were once wealthy planters. Their slapstick existence is threatened by a bank's plans to take over the land for more profitable farming; subplots involve the affairs and marriages of son Dude and daughter Ellie May.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): John Ford
Production: 20th Century Fox
84 min

...for the first 10 years

we was married...

...and them was the happiest

10 years of my life.

She runs away too.

I'm sick and tired

of the whole business.

Give her time, boy. She'll be all right.

She ain't but 13, remember.

You listen to me, Lov Bensey.

If you don't like what she's doing,

bring her back home.

Get yourself another wife.

You can have Ellie May.

Oh, every time I say anything,

y'all want me to marry Ellie May.

Well, it ain't no use,

that's all there is to it.

I want a young wife. I ain't gonna take

no 23-year-old woman for a wife...

...and have everybody

laughing at me.

- Hey, Lov.

- Hey, Ellie May.

It's Pearl I'm talking about.

Lov, will you tell me whatever it is

you got in that croker sack?

I been looking at it

since you come here...

...and Lord knows

I'm just dying to know.

Turnips, by cracky.

Turnips. I ain't...

I ain't had me a good turnip

since a year ago last spring...

...and, oh, the good Lord only knows

how bad I've wanted one.

Why, you know, I could eat me

that whole croker sack full of...

I could eat me

a whole wagonload full of turnips...

...between now and sundown.

Don't look for me to give you none,

because I ain't.

Well, that's a whopping mean thing

to say to Pearl's poor old pa.

Ain't you gonna give me

just a bite, Lov?


I tell you what I'll do.

I'll make you a trade

for some of them there turnips.

I ain't trading turnips with nobody.

If you'll give me

some of them turnips...

...I'll go to your house

the first thing in the morning...

...and tell Pearl to behave herself.

Tell her that ain't no way

to treat a man...

...who's gone to the bother

of marrying her.

And I'll tell her she's gotta

stop hiding in them bushes...

...and ask if it's gonna rain.

- And are you gonna get your hair cut.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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