Bright Leaf (1950)

Director
Michael Curtiz

Main cast
Gary Cooper; Lauren Bacall; Patricia Neal; Jack Carson; Donald Crisp

Genres
Romance, Drama

Description
Two tobacco growers battle for control of the cigarette market.


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