MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 1,931 this week

Way Down South (1939)

 -  Crime | Music  -  21 July 1939 (USA)
5.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.5/10 from 118 users  
Reviews: 8 user | 3 critic

In the pre-Civil War South, a plantation owner dies and leaves all his possessions, including his slaves, to his young son. While the deceased treated his slaves decently, his corrupt ... See full summary »

Writers:

(original story and screenplay), (original story and screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: October

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in October.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 250 titles
created 20 Apr 2011
 
a list of 1235 titles
created 23 Jul 2012
 
a list of 3141 titles
created 16 Jan 2013
 
a list of 4532 titles
created 30 Sep 2013
 
a list of 7140 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Way Down South" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Way Down South (1939)

Way Down South (1939) on IMDb 5.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Way Down South.
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

Videos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

On Guard (1992)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: Yannick Bellon
Stars: Tchéky Karyo, Dominique Blanc, Patrick Bouchitey
Wittgenstein (1993)
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A dramatization, in modern theatrical style, of the life and thought of the Viennese-born, Cambridge-educated philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), whose principal interest was the ... See full summary »

Director: Derek Jarman
Stars: Clancy Chassay, Jill Balcon, Sally Dexter
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

This drama depicts the misery of neglected children in big cities. 13 years old Bruno is of a good family, but since the death of his grandmother he spends most of his time alone, in a ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Claude Brisseau
Stars: Bruno Cremer, François Négret, Vincent Gasperitsch
Cider with Rosie (TV Movie 1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: Claude Whatham
Stars: Rosemary Leach, Stephen Grendon, Philip Hawkes
Milo (1998)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

Four young grade-school girls witness the murder of one of their classmates during what they thought was just an innocent game. The killer is a strange young boy named Milo Jeeder. Sixteen ... See full summary »

Director: Pascal Franchot
Stars: Jennifer Jostyn, Antonio Fargas, Paula Cale
Ben (1972)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A lonely boy becomes good friends with Ben, a rat. This rat is also the leader of a pack of vicious killer rats, killing lots of people.

Director: Phil Karlson
Stars: Lee Montgomery, Joseph Campanella, Arthur O'Connell
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Men seeking relief from the Black Death, guided by a boy's vision, dig a tunnel from 14th century England to 20th century New Zealand.

Director: Vincent Ward
Stars: Bruce Lyons, Chris Haywood, Hamish McFarlane
La influencia (2007)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

This is the story of a disoriented and vulnerable woman, overburdened with daily life problems and more: her belongings are impounded... See full synopsis »

Director: Pedro Aguilera
Stars: Jimena Jiménez, Romeo Manzanedo, Paloma Morales
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Having lost both his mother and father, an 11-year-old city boy is sent to live with his grandparents in a small seaside village. Feeling responsible for his father's accidental death, he ... See full summary »

Director: Naoki Segi
Stars: Miho Fujima, Kikuo Kaneuchi, Chiyoka Kitasaki
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A boy is miserable when his parents get divorced and can't seem to fit him into their new lives.

Director: John S. Robertson
Stars: Karen Morley, Edward Arnold, Frankie Thomas
That Day (2007)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Jacob Berger
Stars: Bruno Todeschini, Natacha Régnier, Noémie Kocher
Thriller | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A 12-year-old orphan who has just inherited a fortune is trapped on an island with his uncle, a former British intelligence commander who intends to kill him. A young girl is the boy's only... See full summary »

Director: William Castle
Stars: Nigel Green, Mary Badham, Pat Cardi
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bobby Breen ...
Timothy Reid Jr.
...
Jacques Bouton
...
Timothy Reid Sr.
Steffi Duna ...
Pauline
...
Uncle Caton
...
Claire Bouton
...
Martin Dill
...
Cass
Robert Greig ...
Judge Ravenal
Lillian Yarbo ...
Janie
Matthew 'Stymie' Beard ...
Gumbo (as Stymie Beard)
Hall Johnson Choir
Edit

Storyline

In the pre-Civil War South, a plantation owner dies and leaves all his possessions, including his slaves, to his young son. While the deceased treated his slaves decently, his corrupt executor abuses them unmercifully, beating them without provocation, and he is planning to sell off the father'e estate--including the slaves--at the earliest opportunity so he and his mistress can steal the money and move to France. The young boy doesn't want to sell his father's estate or break up an of the slave families, and he has to find someone to help him thwart the crooked executor's plans. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

HELP YOURSELF TO HAPPINESS! HERE'S A WHILE SHOW-FULL! (original poster - all caps)

Genres:

Crime | Music

Certificate:

Approved
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

21 July 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La strada del sud  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Soundtracks

Peter, Go Ring Dem Bells
(uncredited)
Traditional Negro spiritual
Performed offscreen by the Hall Johnson Choir during the opening credits
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

High Peaks
17 May 2006 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

At times this movie is brilliant beyond my powers of description to note. At other times it turns stupid. Langston Hughes' poetry and powerful images dominate some scenes. At others we have the sight of Clarence Muse in a dress and veil, or Bobby Breen advancing the plot while Alan Mowbray does his best to make it interesting by a little judicious mugging. Even the musical numbers are erratically choreographed. The last may have been an attempt to either appease white audiences who would never see this movie or a choreographer utterly ignorant of jazz dancing. In 1939? It doesn't make sense. Perhaps it was shot, edited, tested and then someone else went back to do some ham-handed reshooting.

The problems I have with the execution of this movie cannot be denied, but its strengths are likewise undeniable. Take a look at it and bear in mind that this was released in he same year as GONE WITH THE WIND.


7 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Would love to see this film remade dmnemaine
Discuss Way Down South (1939) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?