Original lobby card
|Directed by||George Marshall|
|Produced by||Walter Wanger|
Alan Le May|
James H. Street (novel)
|Music by||Frank Skinner|
Winton C. Hoch|
|Edited by||Milton Carruth|
Walter Wanger Productions
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
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.
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.
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.
- Van Heflin – Keith Alexander
- Susan Hayward – Morna Dabney
- Boris Karloff – Tishomingo
- Julie London – Aven Dabney
- Whitfield Connor – Clay McIvor
- Ward Bond – Hoab Dabney
- Richard Long – Bruce Dabney
- Arthur Shields – Reverend Kirkland
- Griff Barnett – Dr. McIntosh
- Sondra Rodgers – Shellie Dabney
- Ruby Dandridge – Dabby
- Russell Simpson – Big Sam Dabney
Variety wrote that the film earned $2.5 million in rentals in the US.
The film recorded a loss of $380,385.
- Matthew Bernstein, Walter Wagner: Hollywood Independent, Minnesota Press, 2000 p444
- Or $.5 million – see [https://archive.org/stream/variety169-1948-02#page/n133/mode/1up Variety 18 February 1948 p 14
- Stephen Jacobs, Boris Karloff: More Than a Monster, Tomohawk Press 2011 p 324
- "Top Grossers of 1948", Variety 5 January 1949 p 46