So Red the Rose (film)

So Red the Rose is a 1935 American drama film directed by King Vidor and starring Margaret Sullavan, Walter Connolly and Randolph Scott. The Civil War-era romance is based on the 1934 novel of the same name by Stark Young.

So Red the Rose
Directed byKing Vidor
Produced byDouglas MacLean
Written byMaxwell Anderson
Edwin Justus Mayer
Laurence Stallings
Stark Young (novel)
StarringMargaret Sullavan
Walter Connolly
Randolph Scott
Music byW. Franke Harling
CinematographyVictor Milner
Edited byEda Warren
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
November 9, 1935
Running time
82 minutes
CountryUnited States

The film did not enjoy great popularity at the box office. Afterward Civil War films were considered box office poison in Hollywood until Bette Davis and Henry Fonda's performance in 1938's Jezebel, which was a success. This was followed by the overwhelming popularity of Gone with the Wind in 1939, an adaptation of Margaret Mitchell's bestseller of the same name.


During the American Civil War, Valette Bedford (Margaret Sullavan) waits patiently for her husband Duncan Bedford (Randolph Scott), to return home, praying that she won't become a widow.



  • Andre Sennwald, "King Vidor's Screen Version of the Stark Young Novel 'So Red the Rose' at the Paramount," The New York Times, November 28, 1935.
  • Rodriguez, Junius P. Encyclopedia of Slave Resistance and Rebellion. Greenwood milestones in African American history. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 2007. ISBN 0-313-33271-1
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