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
 
IMDB:
6.6
APPROVED
Year:
1941
84 min
42 Views

This is Tobacco Road today,

but a hundred years ago...

... when the first Lesters

came to Georgia, it was different.

It run 15 miles down the ridge

to the Savannah River...

... through the richest

cotton and tobacco plantations...

... in the whole South...

... past fine big homes that the Lesters

themselves built and lived in.

But that was a hundred years ago.

Come a time then

when the land fell fallow...

... and worse and worse.

But you think the Lesters

would leave it? No, sir.

They stayed on and on...

... but all that they had

and all that they were...

... that's all gone with the wind

and the dust.

And this...

This is Tobacco Road today.

Whoa.

Hi, Henry. How come?

Can't complain, Jeeter.

That's good. Hey, is it...?

Is it true what I hear,

that Bessie's back?

Yes, sir, last week.

Buried her husband

down at Statesboro.

Wasn't hardly cold

before she picked up and hiked home.

Well, ain't that good?

Say, is she...?

Is she still full of spirit?

Jeeter, it's worse and more of it.

I do declare, it looks like my head's

gonna split open...

...with all this singing

and yelling and hallelujah-ing.

Whoo! She sure got a powerful voice.

Ain't been quiet since she got back.

Yeah, well, so long, Henry.

You know you got a blowout there?

I can get home

as long as I got one good one.

I'm gonna trade this darned car in

next year.

Well, so long, Henry.

What's the matter?

- Supper ready?

- Supper? Huh.

What about that wood?

Well, there it is, can't you see it?

How come I can still see it?

How come you didn't sell it?

Well, you can't sell no wood if nobody

wants to buy no wood, can you?

You're the craziest old fool

I guess I ever did see.

That's the fourth time you've taken

that same load to town...

...and brung it back.

Ain't even had it out of the car.

No, and I ain't gonna

take it out of the car.

Hey, here comes Lov.

He's toting a croker sack.

It's got something in it.

Reckon it's turnips

he's got in that sack.

Turnips? Mm.

I sure could use me

some turnips right now.

If it is, Lov sure will give his wife's

poor old ma some of them turnips.

He'll give me some...

...because Lov and me, we certainly

think a whole heap of each other.

Come on, get back.

Pretend like you didn't see him.

Come on, let's get back

and just act natural-like.

Hi, Lov! Ain't seen you in a long time.

Say, you must be plumb worn out...

...toting whatever it is

you got in that old croker sack.

- I ain't tired.

- How's Pearl, Lov? Is she all right?

That's what I come for.

I wanna talk to Jeeter about Pearl.

Well, what's she done now?

She been treating you mean again?

Jeeter, you gotta

say something to Pearl.

I'm getting darned sick

of the way she's acting.

Well, are you treating her right?

What's that gotta do with it?

She's married to me, ain't she?

Well, what's she done now?

Well...

...one thing, she won't talk to me.

- What do you want her to say to you?

Anything, I don't care what.

She could ask me is my back tired...

...when I come home

from the coal chute, couldn't she?

Or do I think it's gonna rain...

...or when is I gonna get my hair cut.

There's a lot of things

she could ask me...

...but she won't say one darn word.

Well, maybe you don't

go about it right.

Why, I tried every way I know how.

I kicked her

and I poured water on her...

...and I chucked rocks

and sticks at her...

...and all she does

is bawl a lot when she's hurt.

You can't call that talking.

Well, her not talking

ain't anything to get mad about.

Why, Ada here

never spoke a word to me...

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