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Dixiana (1930)

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

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Dixiana Caldwell
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Carl Van Horn
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Peewee
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Ginger Dandy
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Cornelius Van Horn - Carl's Father
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Mrs. Birdie Van Horn
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Nanny - Pewee's Girl
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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 »


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Az arany lépcső  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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

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1.20 : 1
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The last 2 reels contain 2006 feet of 2-strip Technicolor footage, which was thought to be lost, and is hence missing from the 1956 television release prints and some public domain VHS and DVD copies, but which was rescued by film historian David Chierichetti, preserved by the UCLA film archives, and has now been restored to the original version. See more »

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Referenced in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Mr. Wheeler & Mr. Woolsey Enliven Movie Musical Of Yesteryear
6 September 2001 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

New Orleans songbird DIXIANA attracts both the noble son of a Dutch planter and the murderous owner of a music hall casino.

Here is an interesting antique from 1930, the first year Hollywood was all-Talkie. William Haines comedies were the box-office winners & musicals - like this one - were also extremely popular. Given a lavish production, especially during the Technicolor finale, a close examination of the film revels that the mysteries of the microphone were quickly being deciphered.

Bebe Daniels & Everett Marshall provide the romance & music. They certainly try their best, although the dialogue is not overly kind to them, and her fake Southern accent coupled with his wooden acting skills are two high hurdles for them to jump.

The film is punctuated by burlesque interludes provided by one of the finest comedic teams of the 1930's - Wheeler & Woolsey. Bert Wheeler (the short, curly-headed one) and Robert Woolsey (the skinny fellow with glasses) were always great fun and their jokes still hit home today, even if they themselves are virtually forgotten. Here they are given great assistance by dialect comedian Joseph Cawthorn, playing their Dutch host at a sumptuous Louisiana plantation; he fits in so well, especially when pulling the Three Cigar Joke, that he practically becomes a third member of the team.

Also on hand, as she was in so many of the Boys' films, is pert Dorothy Lee, as kewpie doll cute as ever. The massive Jobyna Howland, playing Cawthorn's temperamental wife, proves once again that she could handle the slapstick as well as the histrionics. Both ladies supply the extra oomph lacking in Miss Daniels' performance.

Ralf Harolde makes a mean villain and unbilled George Herman appears as the impressively limber contortionist.

It should be noted that there are some racist elements in the story; this was not unusual in American movies of that era.

The early Technicolor sequence - featuring the Mardi Gras in full swing - is very pleasing to the eye, benefiting from a recent film restoration. However, scenes still seem to be missing, evidenced by Wheeler suddenly appearing in drag (or is that his Carnival costume?) without explanation. Best of all, the legendary Bill Robinson finally arrives, for a total of 3 minutes, to dance for our delight.


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