The film is set during the American Revolution and focuses on an indentured servant, Dr. Carlos Morales, who rises to power in the state of Georgia.
The film earned an estimated $1.8 million at the North American box office during its first year of release.
Cinematography was by Lionel Lindon.
On his death bed, old Revolutionary War general Darby bequeaths his Georgia estate, Sangaree, to a man he trusts, Dr. Carlos Morales, requesting he seek freedom for servants and slaves.
The general's son Roy has no objection, but knows his sister Nancy is determined to keep Sangaree in the family. She and her fiance, attorney Harvey Bristol, make it clear to Morales that he will have a fight on his hands.
Roy's wife, Martha, is secretly still in love with Morales, an old beau. Martha spreads word that Nancy is in league with a French pirate who is making raids off the Savannah coast. A plague outbreak also concerns Morales, who is running a free clinic.
Morales learns that Bristol has a business partnership with the pirate and that Martha, not Nancy, is involved. Bristol's warehouse is the source of the plague so Morales burns it to the ground. Martha contracts the plague and dies, and Nancy joins forces with Morales to live together at Sangaree.
- IMDB's entry for Sangaree
- 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1953', Variety, January 13, 1954
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