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The Romance of Rosy Ridge
The Romance of Rosy Ridge
is a 1947 drama film about a rural community bitterly divided during the aftermath of the American Civil War directed by Roy Rowland. It stars Van Johnson, Thomas Mitchell, and Janet Leigh
Janet Leigh
in her film debut. It was adapted from the novel of the same name by MacKinlay Kantor.

Contents

1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Reception 4 References 5 External links

Plot[edit] Henry Carson (Van Johnson), a schoolteacher before the Civil War, shows up in a rural region of the Missouri
Missouri
hills. He spends the night with a family consisting of Gill MacBean (Thomas Mitchell), his wife Sairy (Selena Royle), and two of their children, Lissy Anne (Janet Leigh), and youngster Andrew (Dean Stockwell). Another son, Ben (Marshall Thompson), had run off to fight in the war; the family's hope that he will someday return is gradually waning. Gill does not welcome the stranger, unsure of his allegiance, but the others like the good-natured young man, especially Lissy Anne. Henry offers to help with the farming; the MacBeans desperately need more hands, but Gill remains very suspicious of his motives. A band had been burning the barns of those still loyal to the defeated Confederacy; the MacBeans had been the latest victims. Henry, however, proves to be a hard worker. When storekeeper and unofficial banker Cal Baggett (Guy Kibbee) visits the family to ask about repayment of a loan, Henry talks him into hosting a "play party", inviting everyone, regardless of affiliation, to help heal the rift in the community. Gill is strongly opposed to it, but Henry tricks him into bringing his family. At first, the two groups do not mix, but Sairy talks Northern sympathizer Dan Yeary (Russell Simpson) into dancing with her, breaking the ice. Soon, everyone is having a very good time. However, an argument breaks out about the playing of a tune associated with the North. To forestall a fight, Cal calls for a vote. Unfortunately, it is a tie. Gill calls upon Henry to cast the deciding vote. Henry is finally forced to reveal that he fought in the Union army. After that, the party quickly breaks up, much to the secret delight of John Dessark (Charles Dingle) and his son Badge (Jim Davis). Henry is no longer welcome at the MacBeans. He does not leave the area though; he starts building a schoolhouse. Eventually, Lissy Anne can no longer bear to be apart from Henry. She walks away into the night with him, without her father's knowledge but with her mother's approval, after Henry escorts her brother home from the schoolhouse where he had walked to attend class. Gill tracks them down with a bloodhound, intending to shoot his would-be son-in-law. When five masked nightriders approach, Henry strikes Gill unconscious and seizes his rifle. The horsemen start shooting to kill. Taking cover Henry kills four and captures the fifth after a lengthy footchase and fistfight at a burnt-out dwelling. It is Badge Dessark. He confesses that his father is behind the raids, not out of loyalty to the South, but simply for financial profit. With the Dessarks hanged, the community starts to heal. Finally, Henry reveals why he sought out the MacBeans. In a flashback, it is revealed that he first met Ben as they were walking across the hills to enlist in the war. As they traveled together singing and laughing, they became good friends. Approaching the turn-off signpost they decided in jest on a foot race to see who could be the first to reach it. Henry ended up on the north branch, with Ben on the south. They were momentarily silent on the choice that each had made. Henry proposed that they "take a five minute rest". Henry ultimately persuaded Ben into going north. Two days before the war's end, Ben was killed suddenly. Before dying, he made Henry promise to help the family with the crop harvest. After hearing Henry's quiet testimony of their deep trust and friendship, a teary-eyed Gill gives Henry and Lissy Anne his blessing to get married. Sairy reaches out to touch Gill's arm, offering agreement. As the wagon rolls down the road with Lissy Anne and Henry aboard, Andrew and the dogs climb in the back, to indicate that the picture is once more complete. Cast[edit]

Van Johnson
Van Johnson
as Henry Carson Thomas Mitchell as Gill MacBean Janet Leigh
Janet Leigh
as Lissy Anne MacBean Marshall Thompson
Marshall Thompson
as Ben MacBean Selena Royle
Selena Royle
as Sairy MacBean Charles Dingle as John Dessark

Dean Stockwell
Dean Stockwell
as Andrew MacBean Guy Kibbee
Guy Kibbee
as Cal Baggett Elisabeth Risdon
Elisabeth Risdon
as Emily Baggett Jim Davis as Badge Dessark Russell Simpson as Dan Yeary

Reception[edit] According to MGM records, the film earned $1,820,000 in the US and Canada and $625,000 elsewhere, resulting in a loss of $533,000.[1][2] References[edit]

^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study . ^ Variety says the film earned $2.2 million in US rentals - see "Top Grossers of 1947", Variety, 7 January 1948 p 63

External links[edit]

The Romance of Rosy Ridge
The Romance of Rosy Ridge
at IMDB The Romance of Rosy Ridge
The Romance of Rosy Ridge
at the TCM Movie Database

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Films directed by Roy Rowland

Hollywood Party (1934) A Night at the Movies (1937) A Stranger in Town (1943) Lost Angel (1943) Our Vines Have Tender Grapes
Our Vines Have Tender Grapes
(1945) Boys' Ranch (1946) The Romance of Rosy Ridge
The Romance of Rosy Ridge
(1947) Killer McCoy (1947) Tenth Avenue Angel (1948) Scene of the Crime (1949) The Outriders (1950) Two Weeks with Love
Two Weeks with Love
(1950) Bugles in the Afternoon
Bugles in the Afternoon
(1952) Affair with a Stranger
Affair with a Stranger
(1953) The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.
The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.
(1953) The Moonlighter (1953) Witness to Murder (1954) Rogue Cop
Rogue Cop
(1954) Light's Diamond Jubilee (1954, TV special) Hit the Deck (1955) Many Rivers to Cross (1955) Meet Me in Las Vegas
Meet Me in Las Vegas
(1956) These Wilder Years
These Wilder Years
(1956) Gun Glory (1957) Seven Hills of Rome (1958) The Girl Hunters (1962) Gunfighters of

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