* Film Forum (NYC)
Pre-Code Hollywood (Wikipedia)
While The Cabin in the Cotton is a moving story about a man caught between two sides in the political struggles at a cotton field, the movie lacks a lot in the acting department in leading man Richard Barthelmess who is just too wooden here. His style of acting can work sometimes, but not here. He looks so out of place! He holds the movie back big time while all the other character actors does their best and create some atmosphere. Not even a stunning Bette Davis managed to bring much out of him here and the film falls flat with him.
Funny how 80-year-old movies can still seem so relevant to current politics. In The Cabin in the Cotton, cotton planters do battle with the landowners they work for over unfair working conditions. The main character is Marvin, the educated son of a planter who goes to work for the boss and gets caught between the two worlds. Not a highly entertaining film, but not a bad one either. I watched it as part of my project to watch all Bette Davis' movies; she plays the boss' daughter who helps to tempt Marvin away from his people.
1932, the year of sophisticated comedies (Trouble in Paradise, Love me Tonight), stretching the limits of the horror genre…
Nowhere near complete.