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Roseanna McCoy (1949)

The saga of the Hatfield-and-McCoy feud is romanticized in Samuel Goldwyn's Roseanna McCoy. Newcomer Joan Evans stars as the title character, whose elopement with Johnse Hatfield serves to ... See full summary »

Directors:

Irving Reis, Nicholas Ray (uncredited)

Writers:

John Collier, Alberta Hannum (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Farley Granger ... Johnse Hatfield
Joan Evans ... Roseanna McCoy
Charles Bickford ... Devil Anse Hatfield
Raymond Massey ... Old Randall McCoy
Richard Basehart ... Mounts Hatfield
Gigi Perreau ... Allifair McCoy
Aline MacMahon ... Sarie McCoy
Marshall Thompson ... Tolbert McCoy
Lloyd Gough ... Phamer McCoy
Peter Miles ... Little Randall McCoy
Arthur Franz ... Thad Wilkins
Frank Ferguson ... Ellison Hatfield
Elisabeth Fraser ... Bess McCoy
Hope Emerson ... Levisa Hatfield
Dan White ... Abel Hatfield
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The saga of the Hatfield-and-McCoy feud is romanticized in Samuel Goldwyn's Roseanna McCoy. Newcomer Joan Evans stars as the title character, whose elopement with Johnse Hatfield serves to further fuel the flames of the deadly mountain feud.

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blodhævn See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Joan Evans was only 14 when she played the roll. Farley Granger thought she was 16. See more »

Quotes

Roseanna McCoy: I can't ever marry you.
Thad Wilkins: But why not? Why can't you?
Roseanna McCoy: Because I'm bad.
Thad Wilkins: You bad? Why, Roseanna, I think you're lear out of your mind.
Roseanna McCoy: Maybe it's that... or bewitched.
Thad Wilkins: But I thought you said you... you said you like me to put my arms around you.
Roseanna McCoy: [Hugging him] To hold me and hide me. Oh, if it could only be. But I'd bring destruction to you, Thad. You'd catch it from me like a fever.
Thad Wilkins: Catch what?
Roseanna McCoy: The misery, the wickedness. Let's get on back to the house and when we get there you go off, Thad, and ...
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Connections

Referenced in Let Him Have It (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Roseanna
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
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Roseanna, Roseanna, the hills call your name...
2 August 2009 | by mbking-2See all my reviews

Call it a guilty pleasure, but I find this movie satisfying on several levels. I was hooked from the opening shot with Lee Garmes' cinematography capturing writer John Collier's evocation of the mysticism of the mountains, enhanced by the choral version of Frank Loesser's theme song. The fact that Joan Evans was a complete unknown discovered in a New York City High School worked for me. She seemed confused and overwhelmed much of the time, which was natural, given Farley Granger's heavy breathing and bodice-ripping efforts in her direction. As previously discussed, the supporting cast is terrific, with Raymond Massey and Charles Bickford as the patriarchs of the opposing families. They clearly enjoyed chewing up the scenery in their respective roles. Aline MacMahon is wonderful as Ma Hatfield, working tirelessly to end the hostility between the families, to little avail. Mention must be made of the youngsters, played by Gigi Perreau, Peter Miles and William Mauch (formerly Billy of the Mauch twins), for whom I felt concern whenever the bullets started to fly. I was most fortunate to view a beautiful 16mm print of the film. Lee Garmes' lighting and compositions are stunning indeed.


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