Friendly Persuasion (1956)

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    • Friendly Persuasion (1956)

      FRIENDLY PERSUASION

      PRODUCED & DIRECTED BY WILLIAM WYLER
      MUSIC BY DIMITRI TIOMKIN
      B-M PRODUCTIONS
      ALLIED ARTISTS PICTURES CORPORATION (William Wyler's Production)


      Photo with the courtesy of lasbugas

      Information from IMDb

      Plot Summary
      The story of a family of Quakers in Indiana in 1862.
      Their religous sect is strongly opposed to violence and war.
      It's not easy for them to meet the rules of their religion in everyday life
      but when Southern troops pass the area they are in real trouble.
      Should they fight, despite their peaceful attitide?
      Written by Olaf Mertens

      Full Cast
      Gary Cooper ... Jess Birdwell
      Dorothy McGuire ... Eliza Birdwell
      Anthony Perkins ... Josh Birdwell
      Richard Eyer ... Little Jess Birdwell
      Robert Middleton ... Sam Jordan
      Phyllis Love ... Mattie Birdwell
      Peter Mark Richman ... Gard Jordan (as Mark Richman)
      Walter Catlett ... Professor Quigley
      Richard Hale ... Purdy
      Joel Fluellen ... Enoch
      Theodore Newton ... Major Harvey
      John Smith ... Caleb Cope
      Edna Skinner ... Opal Hudspeth
      Marjorie Durant ... Pearl Hudspeth
      Frances Farwell ... Ruby Hudspeth
      Samantha the Goose ... Herself
      Marjorie Main ... The Widow Hudspeth
      James Anderson ... Poor Loser Dunked by Jess (uncredited)
      Edward Andrews ... Soldier (uncredited)
      Irvin Ashkenazy ... Farmer (uncredited)
      Nick Borgani ... Wrestling Match Spectator (uncredited)
      Mary Carr ... Emma - Quaker Woman (uncredited)
      Noble 'Kid' Chissel ... Barker (uncredited)
      Edmund Cobb ... Operator (uncredited)
      John Compton ... Rebel Lieutenant (uncredited)
      Chuck Courtney ... Reb Courier (uncredited)
      John Craven ... Band Leader (uncredited)
      Billy Curtis ... Midget at County Fair (uncredited)
      Charles Delaney ... Drinker (uncredited)
      John Dierkes ... Farmer (uncredited)
      James Dobson ... Rebel Soldier (uncredited)
      Billy Engle ... Small Role (uncredited)
      Duke Fishman ... Wrestling Match Spectator (uncredited)
      Robert Fuller ... Youthful Soldier at Shooting Gallery (uncredited)
      Ralph Gamble ... Medicine Man (uncredited)
      Richard Garland ... Rebel Bushwhacker Grabbed by Jess (uncredited)
      Everett Glass ... Brother Amos - Elder (uncredited)
      James Goodwin ... Coward (uncredited)
      Frank Hagney ... Lemonade Vendor (uncredited)
      Charles Halton ... Brother Cope - Elder (uncredited)
      Ron Hargrave ... Farmer (uncredited)
      Harry Hines ... County Fair Barker (uncredited)
      Earle Hodgins ... Shooting Gallery Operator (uncredited)
      Jean Inness ... Mrs. Purdy (uncredited)
      Tom Irish ... Young Rebel (uncredited)
      Mary Jackson ... Country Woman (uncredited)
      Frank Jenks ... Shell Game Man (uncredited)
      Diane Jergens ... Elizabeth - Quaker Girl (uncredited)
      Leroy Johnson ... Forager (uncredited)
      King Karlo ... Fire Eater (uncredited)
      Don Kennedy ... Buster - Whacked by Eliza (uncredited)
      Donald Kerr ... Billy Goat's Manager (uncredited)
      Wright King ... Forager (uncredited)
      Helen Kleeb ... Old Lady (uncredited)
      Norman Leavitt ... Clem - Looter (uncredited)
      Nelson Leigh ... Methodist Minister (uncredited)
      Tom London ... Farmer on Front Line with Gard (uncredited)
      Jack Macy ... Small Role (uncredited)
      Doug McClure ... Soldier (uncredited)
      Jack McClure ... Union Soldier (uncredited)
      Tyler McVey ... Farmer (uncredited)
      Dennis Moore ... Farmer (uncredited)
      Charles Morton ... Farmer (uncredited)
      James O'Hara ... Forager (uncredited)
      Murray Parker ... Sword Swallower (uncredited)
      Jack Perrin ... Wrestling Match Spectator (uncredited)
      John Pickard ... Ex-Sergeant on Front Line with Josh (uncredited)
      Ivan Rasputin ... Billy Goat - Wrestling Challenger (uncredited)
      Gene Roth ... Farmer (uncredited)
      Henry Rowland ... O'Hara (uncredited)
      Ralph Sanford ... Businessman (uncredited)
      William Schallert ... Young Husband (uncredited)
      James Seay ... Rebel Captain (uncredited)
      Russell Simpson ... Brother Griffith - Elder (uncredited)
      Jack Sterling ... Rebel (uncredited)
      Frank Sully ... Rebel Looter (uncredited)
      William Tannen ... Supply Sergeant (uncredited)
      Joe Turkel ... Poor Loser (uncredited)
      William Vedder ... Farmer (uncredited)
      Sailor Vincent ... Wrestling Match Spectator (uncredited)
      Steve Warren ... Haskell (uncredited)
      Hart Wayne ... Farmer (uncredited)

      Writing Credits
      Michael Wilson (screenplay) originally uncredited
      Jessamyn West (book) contributing writer (uncredited)

      Produced
      Robert Wyler .... associate producer
      William Wyler .... producer
      Harry F. Hogan .... assistant producer (uncredited)
      Walter Mirisch .... executive producer (uncredited)

      Original Music
      Dimitri Tiomkin

      Cinematography
      Ellsworth Fredericks

      Trivia
      Originally released without screenwriting credit due to blacklisting of Michael Wilson;
      credits restored in 1996.

      The official name of the Quaker religion is Society of Friends. Members of the faith
      are called Friends and nicknamed Quakers.
      The book is called "The Friendly Persuasion", meaning the faith.
      The film is simply called "Friendly Persuasion,"
      which more specifically refers to the Quakers' way of communicating.

      Final film of Charles Halton.

      Gary Cooper initially turned the film down because he didn't believe the American public
      would accept him as a devout Quaker father.

      This was President Ronald Reagan's favorite film.
      In May 1988 he presented Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev with a VHS copy.

      The role of Jess Birdwell was originally intended for Bing Crosby,
      who turned it down and recommended his close friend Gary Cooper for the part.

      Katharine Hepburn turned down the role of Eliza Birdwell.

      Gary Cooper wanted Ingrid Bergman to play Eliza Birdwell, but she turned the part down.

      Gary Cooper hated the way he appeared in the film
      so much that he never even watched it after seeing the rushes.

      Jean Arthur was considered to play the mother.

      Gary Cooper originally did not want to play a father of grown up children.
      This was despite the fact that he was 55 in real life.

      The battle depicted in the film, against the Confederate raiders
      led by General John Hunt Morgan, is based on an actual battle.
      On July 9, 1863, 450 members of the Indiana Home Guard met
      John Hunt Morgan's raiders in battle south of the town of Corydon, Indiana
      (although not, as depicted in the film, at a creek crossing).
      The Home Guard held off the raiders for a half-hour,
      but the raiders numbered 11,000, and the Home Guard was eventually forced to retreat.
      The Morgan raiders occupied the town of Corydon for a single afternoon,
      during which time they looted stores in the town and forced
      several mill owners to pay cash ransoms in return for not burning their mills.
      At 5 o'clock, the raiders moved on. During the battle, the Morgan raiders suffered
      11 men killed and 33 wounded, while the Indiana Home Guard lost only 5 men.

      Before Gary Cooper became involved Montgomery Clift
      was offered the film but turned it down.

      Goofs
      Anachronisms
      The Minneapolis steam engine at the fair is too new for a Civil War movie.

      Character error
      When Jess Birdwell sends the children upstairs after mother Eliza
      retires to the barn, he says, "up stairs to bed, all of thee!"
      In Quaker dialect, the pronoun thee is used as the objective case of thou,
      and is used only when addressing an individual.
      He should have said, "up stairs to bed, all of you!".

      Continuity
      When Jess is grazed by a Rebel bullet, the cut runs across his forehead.
      In the next scene, the cut runs up and down.

      Crew or equipment visible
      When the two Rebel scouts come upon the creek, and one of them rides into the water,
      the light from a reflector panel becomes clearly visible across his face.

      Memorable Quotes

      Filming Locations
      Bidwell Park - Manzanita Avenue, Chico, California, USA
      Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California, USA
      Chico, California, USA
      Los Angeles, California, USA
      M & T Ranch, California, USA
      North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
      Rowland V. Lee Ranch - Fallbrook Avenue, Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California, USA
      The Mabel Normand Sound Stage, Republic Studios - 4024 Radford Avenue, North Hollywood,
      Los Angeles, California, USA (county fair exteriors)
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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    • Re: (New Review) Civil War Movies- Friendly Persuasion (1956)

      Friendly Persuasion is a 1956 Civil War film
      starring Gary Cooper, Dorothy McGuire, Anthony Perkins, Richard Eyer,
      Robert Middleton and Phyllis Love.

      The screenplay was adapted by Michael Wilson from the 1945 novel
      The Friendly Persuasion by Jessamyn West, and was directed by William Wyler.

      The film tells the story of a pacifist Quaker family in southern Indiana
      during the American Civil War.
      The father of the family is gradually converted to supporting the war.

      The film was originally released with no screenwriting credit
      because Wilson was on the Hollywood blacklist.
      His credit was restored in 1996.

      A great score by Dimitri Tiomkin
      and of course that memorable theme song,
      performed by Pat Boone

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      User Review
      "Come and go with me, for thee I love..."
      5 June 2004 | by thursdays (Cleveland, Ohio)

      Gary Cooper shines as a Quaker alongside a resolute and opinionated Dorothy McGuire
      as his "congregation elder" wife.
      They live in the rural "North" at the outbreak of the Civil War, raising 2 eligible teenagers
      (a boy and a girl), as well as a 10 year old boy.
      The emminent Civil War has the Quaker community divided on the issue of pacivism.
      Several "older men" in the congregation quickly turn coats, urging Cooper to join them
      in fighting the Rebels who plunder and burn Northern villages and kill women and children.
      When put to the true test, it is Cooper who proves to be the "true Christian".

      A love story between the teenage girl and her soldier suiter is a beautiful bonus.
      The entire cast is excellent, and the timeless theme song by Pat Boone puts the icing on the cake.
      This is a 5-star classic. You'll want to watch "Friendly Persuasion" again and again.*****
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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