White Bondage (1937)

Genres - Drama  |   Release Date - Aug 5, 1937 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Throwing together elements that had previously worked in Cabin in the Cotton and They Won't Forget, Warner Bros. White Bondage is a swampy melodrama set amongst the sharecroppers of the Deep South. Turning brunette for the occasion, Jean Muir plays Betsy Ann, surrounded by lecherous, inbred poor-trash males -- and by equally libidinous fat-cat landowners. When investigative reporter David Graydon (Gordon Oliver) arrives from the North to write an exposé on the deplorable living conditions of the sharecroppers, he is opposed by the landlords who get rich from the labors of their glorified slaves. An attempt is made to lynch the troublesome Graydon, but he is saved at the last moment by Betsy Ann, who has fallen in love with him. Though there are surprisingly few black faces in White Bondage, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson has a good minor role as a sharecropper named Glory.

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investigation, investigator, lynching, reporter, rescue, romance, sharecropper, slavery, usury, white-slavery