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  • An MVD Exclusive
  • SKU: VCI8989
  • Format: DVD
  • UPC: 089859898921
  • Street Date: 06/08/21
  • PreBook Date: 05/04/21
  • Label: VCI Entertainment »
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run Time: 93 mins
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Audio: STEREO
  • Year of Production: 1949
  • Region Code: 0
  • Box Lot: 30
  • Territory: WORLD
  • Language: English


Cast & Crew

  • Actors:
  •        Marguerite Chapman as Deborah Matthews
  •       Walter Brennan as Mr. Matthews
  •        Robert Paige as David Barkley
  •        Natalie Wood as Susan Matthews
  •        Ted Donaldson as Phineas Matthews
  •        Connie Marshall as Abigail Matthews
  •        Milburn Stone as Reverend Jim Benton
  • Director: William D. Russell


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The Green Promise: Digitally Mastered & Restored In HD

A Heart-Warming Classic that Portrays One Family's Struggle to Make Their Farm a Success!

The Green Promise: Digitally Mastered & Restored In HD
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A heart-warming, thoughtful drama, produced by RKO Pictures, which portrays the struggles and hard work of farm life. The title refers to a scene where the local preacher (Milburn Stone) gives a sermon on a story from the Book of Exodus of God's "green promise" to lead Moses into a land of milk and honey. The preacher reminds his congregation that the fulfillment of the promise requires faith, difficult journeys, and open-mindedness.
Walter Brennan plays widowed 'Old Man' Matthews, a stubborn and domineering farmer, who has ruined one farm by his ignorance, moves his family... a son and three daughters, to a just-purchased farm. His "my way or the highway" attitude, soon puts him at odds against his family and new neighbors, especially about how to run a farm.
David Barkley (Robert Paige), the local agricultural county agent, offers sound, and proven advice to Matthews about running the farm, but all that advice falls on deaf ears. However, Matthew's oldest daughter, Debbie (Marguerite Chapman), is receptive to the expert advice and falling for the handsome bachelor. Barkley also takes a liking to Susan, the youngest daughter played by Natalie Wood, and becomes her ally, and as a supporter and adviser to the local 4H club, he encourages Susan to become a member, and follow her dream of raising lambs.
Matthew's son and middle-daughter most always fall in lock-step support of their father's decisions, however when an accident sidelines father, then Debbie steps up, and takes charge of the farm, with the support of David. Mother nature almost destroys the farm, but by the tear-jerking end, God's "green promise" is fulfilled.
Trivia Note: There is a scene where a young Natalie Wood is supposed to run across a bridge to cross a flooding creek. She was told that the bridge would collapse after she got to the other side, but there was an accident and the bridge collapsed while she was still on it. She broke her wrist and it never healed properly.


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Bonus Materials

  • 5-Period Correct Warner Bros./PathĂ© Newsreels

Sales Points

  • A New 2K Restoration from the Best Archival Prints Available!
  • A nostalgic look back at a simpler time in America.
  • Comparable to films like 'The Southerner' and 'The Grapes of Wrath'.

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Thoughtful drama of stubborn, manipulative Brennan, who lords it over his children while attempting to eke out a living on a farm. Watch this and you'll learn all you'll ever need to know about 4-H Clubs!


Most ardent player in the cast is little Natalie Wood...as an eager youngster who wants to join the 4-H Club..., the kiddie is the film's best asset...Here work gets under the skin...and there's none of the typical obnoxious screen moppet in her personality.

     —Variety Magazine


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