Dixiana (1930)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Musical  |  1 August 1930 (USA)
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In antebellum New Orleans, two men vie for the affections of a beautiful young girl during Mardi Gras.



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Complete credited cast:
Dixiana Caldwell
Everett Marshall ...
Carl Van Horn
Bert Wheeler ...
Robert Woolsey ...
Ginger Dandy
Joseph Cawthorn ...
Cornelius Van Horn - Carl's Father
Jobyna Howland ...
Mrs. Birdie Van Horn
Dorothy Lee ...
Nanny - Pewee's Girl
Ralf Harolde ...
Royal Montague
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In antebellum New Orleans, two men vie for the affections of a beautiful young girl during Mardi Gras.

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Woman's love...Man's hate...Blazing romance in a city aflame with carnival pleasures! See more »


Comedy | Musical






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1 August 1930 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone System)


| (2-strip Technicolor) (last two reels)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first screen credit for Max Steiner, as orchestrator. See more »


Edited into The Toast of New York (1937) See more »


My One Ambition Is You
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Tierney
Lyrics by Anne Caldwell
Sung and Danced by Dorothy Lee and Bert Wheeler
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This early Hollywood idea of romance in the Old South, insensible of slavery but with plenty of singing and dancing, is best seen for its context in movie history.
4 February 2006 | by (california) – See all my reviews

A real artifact of the earliest talkies and musicals, which includes the first two-strip Technicolor (the last half of the movie). The romance between a New Orleans cabaret singer (Bebe Daniels) and the scion of a plantation (Everett Marshall) is your basic boy-meets-girl, boy-loses-girl-due-to-misunderstanding-her-selfless-action, boy-gets-girl-back story......all this interspersed with singing, dancing, vaudeville routines (Wheeler & Woolsey), circus acts, chorus girls, contortionists, evil machinations of an oily villain, a near duel, and superb tap-dancing (Bill Robinson)!

The dialog and acting are painfully weak and the storyline lurches roughly from scene to scene - often with little sense or continuity. The 75-year-old film is sharply dated by several instances of slaves in the background singin' and workin' happily for their beloved master and being called "boy" instead of by name. The impending Civil War is totally ignored.

Still, I recommend "Dixiana" as valuable viewing for its historical Technicolor sequence as well as its illustration of the then-prevailing movie fiction of happy slaves working for benign masters in the sweet and gentle South.

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