The Vanishing Virginian

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The Vanishing Virginian
The Vanishing Virginian.jpg
Directed by Frank Borzage
Produced by Edwin H. Knopf
Frank Borzage
Written by Jan Fortune
Based on The Vanishing Virginian by Rebecca Yancey Williams
Starring Frank Morgan
Kathryn Grayson
Music by David Snell (score)
Earl Brent (adaptation)
Lennie Hayton (director)
Cinematography Charles Lawton
Edited by James E. Newcom
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
February 1942
Running time
97 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $499,000[1]
Box office $905,000[1]

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."[2]

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. [1] 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. [2]

Box Office[edit]

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.[1]


  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .
  2. ^ "The Vanishing Virginian". Retrieved 7 June 2014. 

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