Morna Dabney is engaged to soldier Clay MacIvor in the days before the War Between the States. Morna's grandfather Big Sam Dabney founded their Mississippi plantation near Levington, which thrives in the Deep South, but he remains loyal to the Union, as does his son Hoab, Morna's father. As Mississippi secedes, Hoab plans to withdraw the area around his plantation and remain neutral, and he gains support from local newspaperman Keith Alexander. Keith falls in love with Morna, whose fiancé Clay has joined the Confederate Army. Clay plans to punish the would-be neutral citizens of Levington by raiding the area, but Morna, with the help of her grandfather's Choctaw friend Tishomingo, attempts to thwart the attack. Morna sacrifices greatly to protect her home and the man she really loves.Written by
Jim Beaver <firstname.lastname@example.org>
If you've read Gone with the Wind trivia, you know that hundreds of actresses vied for the role of Scarlett O'Hara. A twenty-year-old Susan Hayward was one of them, and to make up for her loss, Hollywood made Tap Roots ten years later. She stars as a feisty, flirty Southern belle on a large plantation just before the outbreak of the Civil War. There are two men in the picture: one she loves through thick and thin, even when he chooses another woman; and a strong, gruff one she bickers with who vows to make her love him. Sound familiar?
Well, sorry Suzy, but Tap Roots is no Gone with the Wind. The acting is ridiculously over the top, the characters are thinly written, and the only likable one in the film is Boris Karloff, a friend of the family who's Native American and completely accepted by everyone-which is not very realistic for that time period. I was rooting for Suzy and Boris to get together, since he was the only one in the movie who seemed to care about her, but since the film was trying to mirror the 1939 epic, that ending seemed unlikely.
Unless you absolutely love Susan Hayward, you're not going to want to watch this wannabe. Raintree County is a better pseudo-remake, and Scarlett is a thrilling sequel. Tap Roots is just stinky.
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