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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

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A 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

This film did poorly at the box office, resulting in a loss of $565,000 ($5.7M in 2017) for MGM according to studio records. 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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Connections

Referenced in The Notorious Bettie Page (2005) See more »

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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flatline story of rich girl meets poor guy
27 August 2008 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

Viewers will recognize Charles Coburn from Gentlemen Prefer Blonds & Monkey Business. Here he plays Burton Fulton, successful businessman, father to Polly (Barbara Stanwyck). Co-stars Van Heflin, Keenan Wynn, and Spring Byington round out the familiar faces in "BF's Daughter". Polly falls for Tom Brett (Heflin) and they talk about "eating in speak-easys" and "the depression", but this was made in 1948, and it sure looks like 1948 throughout. This was written by John Marquand, who had also written some of the Mr. Moto books. The film feels a lot like the Magnificent Ambersons, which had come out six years before -- story of a rich family, and how the offspring deals with changing times. Very serious storyline... the only humor is the ongoing joke of repeatedly calling one of the locals by the wrong name. When Polly tries to help Tom with his career, things don't work out as she wanted. Stanwyck also made "Sorry Wrong Number" right after this in 1948 - THAT role got her nominated for an Oscar... but not THIS one. The script needs some spicing up, or something. Everything and everyone is technically competent, but there's something lacking.


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