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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La 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

Van Heflin and Charles Coburn both previously appeared in another film version of a John P. Marquand novel - H.M. Pulham, Esq. (1941). See more »

Quotes

Burton F. 'B.F.' Fulton: [to Polly] It's just that I want you to know that lots of marriages... well, aren't the way they say in books... but still they're worth fighting for.
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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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When B.F. Fulton Talks, People Listen
19 April 2015 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

In 1932, the Great Depression has most Americans sewing buttons on ragged clothing. Lucky to escape financial ruin is blustery nouveau riche capitalist Charles Coburn (as Burton "B.F." Fulton). His money never stops flowing, which keeps young Park Avenue socialite daughter Barbara Stanwyck (as Pauline "Polly" Fulton) dripping in fur and jewels. Daddy's little girl ditches her attorney boyfriend when she meets apparently poverty-stricken professor Van Heflin (as Thomas "Tom" W. Brett). They have a whirlwind romance and run away to Minnesota, but Ms. Stanwyck's wealth threatens her relationship with Mr. Heflin...

This story features some interesting class concepts regarding the rich and the poor. Unfortunately, the characters are obtuse and the story artificial. Stanwyck and Heflin try and cry for director Robert Z. Leonard, but nobody gives "B.F.'s Daughter" any depth...

Perversely, the phony costume designs received an "Academy Award" nomination. We are boldly told the story begins in 1932, but Stanwyck is decked out in contemporary fashion. Heflin has a big tear in his vest and Keenan Wynn shows his lowly status with a silly, misshapen hat. There are no real "poor" on screen. Since Heflin is assistant professor of economics at Columbia University and Mr. Wynn's character has his own radio talk show, we can assume they are doing better than most. Romantic entanglements seem barely past an adolescent level. Still, the sets look nice and everything is photographed well, by Joseph Ruttenberg.

**** B.F.'s Daughter (3/24/48) Robert Z. Leonard ~ Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, Charles Coburn, Keenan Wynn


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