In the 1950s, a poor Georgia cotton farmer and his sons search for the gold presumably buried on the farm by their grandfather but problems related to poverty, marital infidelity, unemployment and booze threaten to destroy their family.
- Anthony Mann
- Erskine Caldwell
- Security Pictures
Cotton farmer Ty Ty Walden is convinced that his grandfather buried a cache of gold on the family farm. As such, ever since grandpa died fifteen years earlier, Ty Ty, now with two of his grown sons Buck and Shaw, has been manually digging holes on the farm looking for the gold. Ty Ty is doing this all in the name of God, to whom he looks and in turn provides. His friend, aspiring sheriff Pluto Swint, convinces Ty Ty that the local albino, Dave Dawson, has magical powers that can divine exactly where the gold is located. Because of this information, Ty Ty believes that wealth and prosperity are imminent. But life within the Walden family is not happy. They have no money and because of Ty Ty's singular focus, the farm is not producing. A jealous Buck believes that his wife, Griselda, would rather be with her ex-beau, Will Thompson, who happens to be married to Rosamund, Ty Ty's daughter. Rosamund, in turn, is scared of her husband, who has been floundering in life ever since he lost his job when the local textile mill closed. Ty Ty's youngest daughter "Darlin'" Jill is just coming of age and is a flirt. And the entire family is estranged from Jim Leslie, another of Ty Ty's sons, who married into money and feels he's better than the rest of his family. Regardless of the reasons for these problems, Ty Ty believes the gold will solve everything.