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Tap Roots
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
Editing by Milton Carruth
Distributed by Universal International Pictures
Release date(s) 25 August 1948
Running time 109 min
Country USA
Language English

Tap Roots is a 1948 period 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 International 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 27 September 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

See also[]

  • Boris Karloff filmography

External links[]

fr:Le Sang de la terre