The Vanishing Virginian
|The Vanishing Virginian|
|Directed by||Frank Borzage|
|Produced by||Edwin H. Knopf|
|Written by||Jan Fortune|
|Based on||The Vanishing Virginian by Rebecca Yancey Williams|
|Music by||David Snell (score)
Earl Brent (adaptation)
Lennie Hayton (director)
|Edited by||James E. Newcom|
The Vanishing Virginian is a 1942 film based on the novel by Rebecca Yancey Williams and set in Lynchburg, Virginia, in 1913.
Based on the true story of turn-of-the-century Robert Yancey, lawyer and ever-popular politician in Virginia. The film starts with the statement, "This is the story of a vanishing era when simple men so loved their country, their families and their friends that America became a better place in which to live. Such a man was Cap'n Bob Yancey."
This film, based on a 1931 memoir by Rebecca Yancey Williams, explores society roles in plantations of the "Old Dominion" around Lynchburg and their socio-economic implications, as well as the movement for women’s suffrage, among other things. It is also the town's story, and various eminent Virginians cross the pages, including Carter Glass, General Jubal Early, Lady Astor's father, "Chilly" Langhorne, and others.  Katharine Alexander portrays an outspoken woman who moved North and got a divorce, and the TCM website indicates that she’s loosely based on Nancy Langhorne Astor. 
According to MGM records the film earned $589,000 in the US and Canada and $316,000 elsewhere resulting in a profit of $63,000.
- The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
- "The Vanishing Virginian". Retrieved 7 June 2014.
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