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Way Down South -- Musical - life in the south complete with all the things you would expect in 1939.

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Writers:
Clarence Muse (original story and screenplay) and
Langston Hughes (original story and screenplay)
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Release Date:
21 July 1939 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
HELP YOURSELF TO HAPPINESS! HERE'S A WHILE SHOW-FULL! (original poster - all caps)
Plot:
In the pre-Civil War South, a plantation owner dies and leaves all his possessions, including his slaves... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
User Reviews:
Enjoyed it See more (9 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bobby Breen ... Timothy Reid Jr.

Alan Mowbray ... Jacques Bouton

Ralph Morgan ... Timothy Reid Sr.
Steffi Duna ... Pauline

Clarence Muse ... Uncle Caton

Sally Blane ... Claire Bouton

Edwin Maxwell ... Martin Dill

Charles Middleton ... Cass
Robert Greig ... Judge Ravenal
Lillian Yarbo ... Janie
Matthew 'Stymie' Beard ... Gumbo (as Stymie Beard)
Hall Johnson Choir
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Willie Best ... Chimney Sweep (uncredited)
Stanley Blystone ... Slave Auctioneer (uncredited)
Mildred Boyd ... Dancing Slave (uncredited)
Don Brodie ... Slave Buyer (uncredited)
Jack Carr ... Luke (uncredited)
Ed Cassidy ... Slave Trader (uncredited)
Jack Clisby ... Servant (uncredited)
Charles Dixon ... Drummer (uncredited)
Ruby Elzy ... Singer in Hall Johnson Choir (uncredited)
Louise Franklin ... Dancing Slave (uncredited)
Freddie Jackson ... Servant (uncredited)
Lillian Randolph ... Slave (uncredited)
Blue Washington ... Slave (uncredited)
Marguerite Whitten ... Lulu (uncredited)

Directed by
Leslie Goodwins 
Bernard Vorhaus 
 
Writing credits
Clarence Muse (original story and screenplay) and
Langston Hughes (original story and screenplay)

Produced by
Sol Lesser .... producer
Barney Briskin .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Victor Young (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Charles Edgar Schoenbaum (photography) (as Charles Schoenbaum)
 
Film Editing by
Arthur Hilton (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Lewis J. Rachmil 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Sherwood .... assistant director
Lee Sholem .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Richard Van Hessen .... sound technician
 
Special Effects by
Vernon L. Walker .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Albert Deano .... wardrobe (as Albert Deanno)
 
Music Department
Hall Johnson .... vocal arrangements
Victor Young .... musical direction
 
Other crew
Clarence Muse .... dance director (uncredited)
Clarence Muse .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
61 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor System)
Certification:
USA:Approved (PCA #5414)

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Soundtrack:
Nobody Knows De Trouble I've SeenSee more »

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18 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Enjoyed it, 1 July 2002
Author: ivan-22 from Los Angeles

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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