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Gentleman from Dixie (1941)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Music | 2 September 1941 (USA)
A man is released from prison after serving time for a murder he didn't commit. He goes to live with his brother and his family on their Louisiana ranch, where they're raising horses to compete in an important race.


(as Al Herman)


(original story and screenplay)

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Complete credited cast:
Thad Terrill
Margaret Terrill
Mary Ruth ...
Betty Jean Terrill
Lance Terrill
John Holland ...
Lillian Randolph ...
Aunt Eppie
Prison Warden
Joe Hernandez ...
Race Announcer
Clarence Muse Singers ...
Mist-a-Shot the Horse ...


Maintaining his innocence of the crime of murder for which he was sent to prison, Thad Terrill (Jack La Rue) is released from the penitentiary after serving his term, and returns to the southern plantation of his brother Lance (Robert Kellard). The latter's second wife, Margaret (Marian Marsh), resents the presence of the ex-convict, but he remains as the hired hand on the farm and becomes the devoted friend of his brother's eight-year-old daughter, Betty Jean (Mary Ruth). He helps the girl in rearing a sickly colt and transforming it into a record-breaking racehorse. Lance has promised to sell the horse to the ruthless Brawley ('John Holland (I))), owner of a racing stable.he insists on going through with the deal in spite of Betty's unhappiness. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Across the lives of three people falls the shadow of a wanderer whose secret past hand made him a marked man...a reckless devil who finds that the woman he hates rules the destiny of the child he loves! See more »


Crime | Drama | Music | Sport


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Release Date:

2 September 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lil' Louisiana Belle  »

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The earliest documented telecast of this film in the New York City area occurred Monday 26 June 1944 on pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). Post-WWII television viewers got their first look at it in New York City Sunday 20 June 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2), and in Los Angeles Sunday 10 April 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5). See more »


Muisc by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Gentleman From Dixie
2 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

Good film from Monogram Studios about an innocent ex-con, Thad Terrill (Jack La Rue), who goes to live with his handsome brother Lance (Robert Kellard), Lance's pretty wife, Margaret (Marian Marsh) and Lance's talented young pianist daughter (from his first marriage), Betty Jean (Mary Ruth). The villain of the story winds up being a friend of the family, Brawley (John Holland), who wants to buy Betty Jean's favorite horse to race it at the tracks with. Workers on the Terrill property are Jupe (Clarence Muse), Aunt Eppie (Lillian Randolph) and a group of others (Clarence Muse Singers). I liked everyone in the cast, especially good looking Kellard, lovely Marsh (whom I like in everything that I've seen her in), the enjoyable Muse (albeit, he was not a good singer) and Randolph. This film really has a feel of the South to it which is amazing for such a low-budget movie. Good cinematography and background vocals (from the Clarence Muse Singers), too. Nice way to pass an hour.

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