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The Barefoot Mailman (1951) DVD

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The Barefoot Mailman (1951)

Director:

 Earl McEvoy

Writers:

 Theodore Pratt (novel), James Gunn

Stars:

 Robert Cummings, Terry Moore, Jerome Courtland
 
To call The Barefoot Mailman episodic would be understating the issue: the film's story stops and starts so often that it appears to be three half-hour TV episodes strung together. No matter, since the premise is workable and the characters appealing. Though Robert Cummings is top-billed as erudite 19th-century con artist Sylvanus Hartley, the title character, Steven Pierton, is played by Jerome Courtland. The film is set in turn-of-the-century Florida, which was then little more than an elongated swamp. It is the responsibility of Steve Pierton to deliver the mail by foot, covering the distance from Palm Beach to Miami. Attempting to elude the northern authorities, Sylvanus Hartley joins Pierton on his treacherous journey. Their travelling companion is Adie Titus (Terry Moore), a hoydenish young lady who disguises herself as a child to avoid unwanted advances. After saving Adie from the clutches of swamp outlaw Theron (John Russell) and his gang, Hartley goes off on a new tangent, bamboozling the local settlers in a highly suspect land-speculation scheme. When Theron and his fellow crooks lay siege upon Miami, Hartley and Pierton, despite their rivalry over the affections of Adie, team up to save the day. Nothing if not unusual,The Barefoot Mailman is based on a novel by Theodore Pratt.
 

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  1. Bob Cummings is good as con man 4 Star Review

    Posted by on Nov 27th 2017

    This is a movie I grew up with especially since I grew up in Florida. Bob Cummings makes a really good dandy and con man. The movie also talks about a fact that is little known in history unless you are from Fla. The Barefoot mailman was real even if the story is fabricated. Actually, it's based very loosely on a novel of the same name and a real life barefoot mailman. The only difference is the real mailman got eaten by an alligator. The movie one just gets married.



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