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Stand Up and Fight (1939)

Passed | | Drama, History, Romance | 6 January 1939 (USA)
It starts in 1844 in Maryland, where R.Taylor, owner a plantation with slaves, is forced by debts to sell his estate ad his people. Then he leaves for Cumberland, looking for a job (first ... See full summary »

Director:

W.S. Van Dyke (as W.S. Van Dyke II)

Writers:

James M. Cain (screen play), Jane Murfin (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wallace Beery ... Captain Boss Starkey
Robert Taylor ... Blake Cantrell
Florence Rice ... Susan Griffith
Helen Broderick ... Amanda Griffith
Charles Bickford ... Arnold
Barton MacLane ... Crowder
Charley Grapewin ... 'Old Puff'
John Qualen ... Davy
Robert Gleckler ... Sheriff Barney
Clinton Rosemond Clinton Rosemond ... Enoch
Cy Kendall ... Foreman Ross
Paul Everton ... Phillip Allan
Claudia Morgan ... Carolyn Talbot
Selmer Jackson ... Whittingham P. Talbot (scenes deleted)
Robert Middlemass ... Harkrider
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Storyline

It starts in 1844 in Maryland, where R.Taylor, owner a plantation with slaves, is forced by debts to sell his estate ad his people. Then he leaves for Cumberland, looking for a job (first time in his life), and ends up working for a stagecoach line run Wallace Beery and owned by Florence Rice. Before love and friendship can triumph, Taylor will have to commit to the cause of african-americans in search of freedom... Written by Andrea Violi

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 January 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A vasöklű See more »

Filming Locations:

Butte Meadows, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The $850 that Blake has left over from his estate in 1844 would equate to about $27,800 in 2015. See more »

Goofs

Charles Bickford's character is named Morgan throughout the movie, but he's called Arnold in the closing credits. See more »

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Referenced in Electrical Power (1938) See more »

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Oh! Susanna
(1846) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Strains played during the opening credits
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Robert Taylor and Charles Bickford
29 July 2014 | by marthawilcox1831See all my reviews

This film probably would have been better if Robert Taylor was pitted against Charles Bickford rather than Wallace Berry. I didn't believe their confrontation, but I do believe that if Taylor was up against Bickford then their confrontation would be believable. Taylor redeems himself by demanding that enslaved African-Americans be sold as a family rather than splitting them up. The film would have been better if we had an enslaved African-American character that we could identify with. The fugitive African-American is too old to be sold as a house slave and is in danger of being killed off as he is unsaleable. Taylor befriends him and we have the germ of an intimate acquaintanceship. This subject matter was dealt with better in 'Roots'.


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