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Release Date:
22 April 1941 (USA) See more »
Northern lawyer John Reynolds travels to New Orleans to try and clean up the local crime syndicate based around a lottery... See more » | Add synopsis »
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John Wayne ... John Reynolds

Ona Munson ... Julie Mirbeau

Ray Middleton ... Blackburn 'Blackie' Williams

Henry Stephenson ... General Anatole Mirbeau

Helen Westley ... Blanche Brunot
Jack Pennick ... Cuffy Brown

Dorothy Dandridge ... Felice
Shimen Ruskin ... Gaston

Jacqueline Dalya ... Pearl

Paul Scardon ... Judge Wilson
James H. McNamara ... Senator Cassidy (as Major James H. MacNamara)
James C. Morton ... Littlefield

Maurice Costello ... Edwards
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Stanley Blystone ... Lottery Victim (uncredited)

Al Bridge ... Captain of Police (uncredited)

Lane Chandler ... Courtroom Police Officer (uncredited)

Noble 'Kid' Chissell ... (uncredited)

Heinie Conklin ... Lottery Winner (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Lottery Victim (uncredited)
Virginia Farmer ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Jesse Graves ... Louis Napoleon, Mirbeau Servant (uncredited)
Karl Hackett ... Mirbeau Supporter (uncredited)

Howard C. Hickman ... Judge William Harding (uncredited)
Harry Holman ... Mayor of New orleans (uncredited)

Frank Jaquet ... (uncredited)

Bob Kortman ... Lottery Thug (uncredited)

Ethan Laidlaw ... (uncredited)

George Lloyd ... Steamboat Captain (uncredited)

Walter Long ... Lottery Thug (uncredited)

Ted Mapes ... (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Cop (uncredited)
Hugh Prosser ... (uncredited)
Jack Raymond ... Lottery Thug (uncredited)

Anthony Warde ... Lottery Thug (uncredited)

Blackie Whiteford ... Lottery Thug (uncredited)
Phyllis Woodward ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Bernard Vorhaus 
Writing credits
Vera Caspary (screenplay) &
Michael Hogan (screenplay) &
Guy Endore (screenplay)

Edward James (original story) &
Francis Edward Faragoh (original story) (as Francis Faragoh)

Produced by
Bernard Vorhaus .... associate producer
Original Music by
Mort Glickman (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Jack A. Marta (photography) (as Jack Marta)
Film Editing by
Edward Mann 
Art Direction by
John Victor Mackay 
Production Management
Al Wilson .... production manager
Ted Mapes .... stunt double (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Adele Palmer .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Murray Seldeen .... supervising editor
Music Department
Cy Feuer .... musical director
Cy Feuer .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Gil Grau .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Raoul Kraushaar .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
William Lava .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Charles Maxwell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Sawtell .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Victor Young .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Lady from New Orleans" - , USA (working title)
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82 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | USA:Approved (certificate #7207)

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Who could have imagined that a guy named 'Blackie' would be a bad guy?!, 9 December 2016
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

When this story begins, Julie (One Munson) and John Reynolds (John Wayne) meet and fall for each other when he arrives in New Orleans. Little do either realize that they are both destined to be on the opposite side. It seems that Julie's father, the General (Henry Stephenson), is head of the lottery and the new Anti-Lottery League has brought in John to clean up this racket.

While John thinks the General is his big problem, the General isn't that bad a guy. But neither realize just how low and dangerous the General's assistant, Blackie (Ray Middleton) is. When the General starts to suspect, the General is murdered...and Blackie encourages his lottery ticket salesmen to use ANY tactic to get tickets sold. It essentially becomes a shakedown racket...and folks pay protection by buying tickets...or else.

Can the nice guy John manage to clean up this den of thieves? And what about Julie? After all, she is foolish enough to blame John for the death of her father!

The style of this film is very similar to Wayne's other films in this time period. Since he's becoming more of a star, the budgets and look of the films have gotten much better than his cheap B- westerns of the 1930s. But despite looking much better and having a spectacular finale in this film, the Republic films are essentially B-movies with longer running times and bigger budgets. There were exceptions at this time (such as the films he did with John Ford, such as "Stagecoach") but this film fits in style-wise with Wayne's "Seven Sinners", "Dark Command" and "In Old California"...rather formulaic but enjoyable. My only quibble is that the baddie is named 'Blackie'...and yet no one seems to suspect him of villainy through most of the film!!

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