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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as Good As The Book But Still Worth Seeing, 20 Jan. 2014
This review is from: God's Little Acre [DVD] [1958] (DVD)
Having read the book and really enjoyed it, I was very interested to see the film. The book was written in 1933 by Erskine Caldwell. It was extremely racy for that period and had plenty of press accordingly. Of course, compared to today it is nothing out of the ordinary, in fact, it's pretty tame.
The black & white film, which came out in 1958, has a slightly different storyline than the book; the ending is entirely different. An awful lot of the racy bits and dialogue are excluded completely, though the gals do plenty of smouldering, pouting and teasing.
Nevertheless, the acting is first class from all the cast and the storyline is fine, even if they are a bit of a strange bunch in terms of their affections toward each other. The star for me is Robert Ryan who puts in a sterling performance of Ty Ty Walden
The film is still well worth a watch and is quite witty in places as well. Pluto Swint (Buddy Hackett) is the comic figure and he does a fine job. The three women in the plot are all real good looking gals; you can see why Ty Ty is so proud of um.
The film is an `OK' for me whilst the book packed a punch - I very much preferred the book, but I wouldn't put anyone off spending a couple of hours watching this film as it's harmless and enjoyable enough, if nowhere near a classic.
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Initial post: 15 Nov 2015 20:46:29 GMT
Ahantrobus says:
I liked this review. I don't think it was written by someone who is of the fifties.
Maybe I am wrong but in the fifties, because of the restraint of the filming
folk had to use there imagination more. And it seems to me that the power
of imagination can supply a whole lot of missing "stuff" that the modern
film just throws at you. With less effect.
The book may be tame by todays standards but it is still effective in getting the message over.
If I had to choose I would go for the film. But then I am a fan of the fifties enhanced style of drama
and allied music.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Nov 2015 09:30:59 GMT
Thespionic says:
Ahantrobus - I was born in the 50's! Caldwell was a very brave writer and took a lot flak for writing in the style that he did. He was also a supporter of he common man. His writing was ahead of its time and very witty to boot. Like you I enjoyed both the film and book and I'm glad that I came across Erskine!
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