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Lady from Louisiana (1941)

Approved | | Drama, Western | 22 April 1941 (USA)
Northern lawyer John Reynolds travels to New Orleans to try and clean up the local crime syndicate based around a lottery. Although he meets Julie Mirbeau and they are attracted to each ... See full summary »

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Northern lawyer John Reynolds travels to New Orleans to try and clean up the local crime syndicate based around a lottery. Although he meets Julie Mirbeau and they are attracted to each other, the fact that her father heads the lottery means they end up on opposite sides. When her father is killed, Julie becomes more and more involved in the shady activities and in blocking Reynolds' attempts at prosecution. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Lady from New Orleans  »

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A 1941 Time magazine review noted similarities between John Wayne's Thomas E. Dewey type character and Huey Long. See more »

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Music by Jule Styne
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Straight arrow John Wayne out to clean up New Orleans lottery scheme
20 June 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Lady from Louisiana" (1941) is not a cheap production. It recreates the crowded port of New Orleans at the outset, with many extras. The ending, which made me think of the movie "San Francisco", has a flood. In between the sets and costumes are elaborate. The story is unusual. John Wayne arrives in New Orleans as a lawyer who has been recruited by Helen Westley to bring an end to the corruption of a lottery run by Henry Stephenson. Wayne and Stephenson's daughter, Ona Munsen, fell in love on the steamship. This presents a dilemma for the two of them. Wayne's true to his task and Munsen is loyal to her dad. In the Hollywood fashion of the day, Dorothy Dandridge is Munsen's maid in two or three scenes. Ray Middleton is a scheming man in between. He wants Munsen and he exploits the lottery in nefarious ways. In one sequence, his crew pushes tickets upon hapless merchants like bootleggers pushed their beer in the 20s. Munsen, who was 38 at the time to Wayne's 34, doesn't convince us as an unmarried southern belle; and their romance doesn't really flare on the screen. Wayne comes across better throughout. Stephenson is notable for his political wiliness. The picture never really catches fire, but it's not for want of trying. The direction of Bernard Vorhaus is good. It's the screenplay that flags. It's watchable but not special.


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