Tap Roots

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Tap Roots
Tap Roots lobby card.jpeg
Original lobby card
Directed by George Marshall
Produced by Walter Wanger
Written by Alan Le May
Lionel Wiggam
James H. Street (novel)
Starring Van Heflin
Susan Hayward
Boris Karloff
Julie London
Music by Frank Skinner
Cinematography Winton C. Hoch
Lionel Lindon
Edited by Milton Carruth
Walter Wanger Productions
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • August 25, 1948 (1948-08-25) (United States)
Running time
109 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2,118,688[1][2]
Box office $3,293,658[1]

Tap Roots is a 1948 Technicolor Western war film set during the American Civil War. It is very loosely based on the true life story of Newton Knight, a farm owner who attempted to secede Jones County from Mississippi.[3]

Made by Walter Wanger Productions and Universal Pictures, it was directed by George Marshall and produced by Walter Wanger from a screenplay by Alan Le May, based on the 1942 novel Tap Roots by James H. Street, with additional dialogue by Lionel Wiggam. The original music was by Frank Skinner and the cinematography by Winton C. Hoch and Lionel Lindon.

The film stars Van Heflin and Susan Hayward with Boris Karloff, Julie London, Whitfield Connor, Ward Bond and Richard Long.

A radio version of Tap Roots, with Van Heflin, Susan Hayward and Richard Long reprising their film roles, was broadcast by the Lux Radio Theatre on September 27, 1948.



Variety wrote that the film earned $2.5 million in rentals in the US.[4]

The film recorded a loss of $380,385.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c Matthew Bernstein, Walter Wagner: Hollywood Independent, Minnesota Press, 2000 p444
  2. ^ Or $.5 million – see [https://archive.org/stream/variety169-1948-02#page/n133/mode/1up Variety 18 February 1948 p 14
  3. ^ Stephen Jacobs, Boris Karloff: More Than a Monster, Tomohawk Press 2011 p 324
  4. ^ "Top Grossers of 1948", Variety 5 January 1949 p 46

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