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The Green Promise (1949)

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93 min | Drama

Widowed Old Man Matthews, who has lived his entire life as a farmer, has moved his family of himself and his four young adult to adolescent offspring - Deborah, Phineas, Abigail and Susan - to a just purchased farm in Millwood, following ...See moreWidowed Old Man Matthews, who has lived his entire life as a farmer, has moved his family of himself and his four young adult to adolescent offspring - Deborah, Phineas, Abigail and Susan - to a just purchased farm in Millwood, following the ecological demise of their last farm on which he was able to collect insurance. He has a "my way or the high way" mentality about most things in life, most specifically about running a farm, he believing his experience trumping everything else. He, however, likes to portray himself as being fair and democratic, all important family matters which are decided on by a family vote. He has these votes as he and the other family members know that Abby and Phin will always vote with him, the former to retain his favor and the latter out of fear regardless of Phin's true thoughts as their father always convinces out of coercion. Such ideas against his include Debbie believing the farm too expensive for the many deficiencies it has, and Susie wanting a few dollars to purchase two lambs to raise as something all her own, her father who characterizes her wants as selfish in light of his want to buy a tractor as oppose to renting one with less money. David Barkley, the local agricultural county agent, tries to advise Matthews about certain aspects of the farm, from dealing with the different climate compared to their former farm site, to topographical and geological issues, all that advice falling on Matthews' deaf ears. David also becomes Susie's ally as he is a supporter of and adviser for the local 4H club, the lamb project which would be a perfect fit if Susie were to become a member, which she desperately wants. David and Debbie, who have an unspoken attraction for each other, try to do whatever they can to make a go of the farm despite Matthews' actions, and before those actions irreparably damage the land and/or worse kill someone. Written by Huggo See less
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Writer
Monte Collins (original story) (as Monty F. Collins) (screenplay) (as Monty F. Collins)
Producers
Monte Collins (as Monty F. Collins) | Robert Paige
Cinematographer
John L. Russell (photography)
Editor
Richard W. Farrell (as Richard Farrell)
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Updated Mar 22, 1949

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Mar 22, 1949 (United States)

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16 cast members
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Marguerite Chapman
Deborah Matthews Deborah Matthews   See fewer
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Walter Brennan
Mr. Matthews Mr. Matthews   See fewer
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Robert Paige
David Barkley David Barkley   See fewer
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Natalie Wood
Susan Matthews Susan Matthews   See fewer
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Ted Donaldson
Phineas Matthews Phineas Matthews   See fewer
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Connie Marshall
Abigail Matthews Abigail Matthews   See fewer
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Robert Ellis
Buzz Wexford Buzz Wexford   See fewer
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Jeanne LaDuke
Jessie Wexford (as Jeanne La Duke) Jessie Wexford (as Jeanne La Duke)   See fewer
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Irving Bacon
Julius Larkins Julius Larkins   See fewer
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Milburn Stone
Reverend Jim Benton Reverend Jim Benton   See fewer
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Geraldine Wall
Mrs. Wexford Mrs. Wexford   See fewer
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Sam Flint
Dr. Pomeroy (uncredited) Dr. Pomeroy (uncredited)   See fewer
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Martin Milner
Joe (uncredited) Joe (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lee Phelps
Land Owner with Loggers (uncredited) Land Owner with Loggers (uncredited)   See fewer
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Dick Wessel
Mr. Clairborne (uncredited) Mr. Clairborne (uncredited)   See fewer
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Will Wright
Mr. Grinstedt (uncredited) Mr. Grinstedt (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.4 / 10 | 354 votes