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Way Down South (1939)

 -  Crime | Music  -  21 July 1939 (USA)
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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 »

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

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

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Crime | Music

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21 July 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La strada del sud  »

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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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Nobody Knows De Trouble I've Seen
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Traditional Negro spiritual
Hummed offscreen by the Hall Johnson Choir for the slaves onscreen
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I liked everything about this forgotten, unpretentious, good-natured, well-made film ahead of its time regarding "the race problem". It delivers far more solid good time than many a famous films. It's a thrill to see nothing but unknown actors, all of them good. Bobby Breen is also an exceedingly confident and accomplished singer.


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