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B.F.'s Daughter (1948)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 2 April 1948 (USA)
Wealthy Polly Fulton marries a progressive scholar whose attitudes toward capitalism and acquired wealth puts their marriage in jeopardy.

Director:

Robert Z. Leonard

Writers:

John P. Marquand (novel), Luther Davis (screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Barbara Stanwyck ... 'Polly' Fulton
Van Heflin ... Thomas W. Brett
Charles Coburn ... B.F. Fulton
Richard Hart ... Robert S. Tasmin III
Keenan Wynn ... Martin Delwyn Ainsley
Margaret Lindsay ... 'Apples' Sandler
Spring Byington ... Gladys Fulton
Marshall Thompson ... The Sailor
Barbara Laage ... Eugenia Taris
Thomas E. Breen Thomas E. Breen ... Major Isaac Riley
Fred Nurney Fred Nurney ... Jan
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Storyline

Polly Fulton is the only daughter of rich industrialist B.F. Fulton. She is about to marry the man of her dreams, attorney Robert Tasmin, when she meets the intellectual Thomas Brett. They fall in love and soon they marry. Brett has always been opposed to the lavish lifestyle of the rich, and the anger he feels, when he realizes that he has through his marriage become one of the wealthy, is turned against his wife. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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From the Best-Selling Book ! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Rebelde See more »

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Budget:

$1,745,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In Britain the letters B. F. have a vulgar connotation, so the title was changed in the U.K. to the simpler "Polly Fulton." See more »

Quotes

Pauline 'Polly' Fulton Brett: I guess a polite marriage is a dead marriage, isn't it.
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Connections

Referenced in The Notorious Bettie Page (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

The Wedding March
(1843) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61"
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played as background music at Apple's and Bob's wedding
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Daddy's little girl.
11 January 2012 | by st-shotSee all my reviews

Barbara Stanwyck gets to turn the faucets on for three different men as well as model some pricey threads in BF's Daughter. While clearly a star driven vehicle the storyline itself is a paean to American capitalism summed up in the benign performance of Charles Coburn as a fair minded captain of industry and the abrasive wrongheaded muck wracking of an agitator commentator played by Keenan Wynn.

Polly is the spoiled daughter of industrialist BF Fulton. Engaged to be married she has her head turned by a progressive man of the people, Tom Brett ( Van Heflin ) who has little use for the money of men like BF. She marries Brett who rejects her lifestyle even though it is her money that brings him exposure and fame. The two drift, BF gets ill and the ex-paramour flies off on a dangerous mission giving Polly plenty to fret about.

BF suffers from too much comparison to other works involving the cast. Stanwyck's spoiled rich girl doesn't seem to dig as deep as she does in Sorry, Wrong Number. Her father daughter reprise with Coburn worked better when they were on the other side of the law in The Lady Eve. The same can be said with Heflin in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers.

Robert Z. Leonard's direction is sound and cinematographer Joseph Ruttenberg delivers some stunning compositions but the story itself is a soapy melodrama that ultimately turns to sap.


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