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South of Dixie (1944)

Approved | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 23 June 1944 (USA)
To save their music publishing firm from bankruptcy, Bll "Brains' Watson creates a colorful life-story about his partner, Danny Lee, representing him as a descendant of Louisiana's famous ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill 'Brains' Watson
Ella Mae Morse ...
Barbara Ann Morgan
Ernest Hatcher
Samuel S. Hinds ...
Col. Andrew J. Morgan
Eddie Acuff ...
Jay Hatcher
Marie Harmon ...
Annabella Hatcher
Oscar O'Shea ...
Col. Hatcher
Louise Beavers ...
Magnolia Brown / Chloe
Dean Williamson
Bill Bivens ...
Bill Bivens - Announcer
Rita Gould ...
Shoe Customer
Edward Keane ...
Mr. Platt


To save their music publishing firm from bankruptcy, Bll "Brains' Watson creates a colorful life-story about his partner, Danny Lee, representing him as a descendant of Louisiana's famous Josh Lee family and rightful poet laureate if Dixieland. Bill sells the movie rights to Apex Pictures for $100,000, and hires Dixie Hollister, a southern girl who has been singing in a new York nightclub, to help Danny acquire a Southern accent and manners. In New Orleans, Danny receives an honorary music degree, and soon finds himself in a romance with both Annabelle Hatcher and Barbara Ann Morgan, daughter of the South's most distinguished citizen, Colonel Morgan. But Danny has fallen in love with Dixie. Written by Les Adams <>

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Comedy | Music | Romance


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23 June 1944 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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That's what I don't like about the South
10 March 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

South Of Dixie finds David Bruce cast as a songwriter who writes a;; these numbers about Dixie, the kind of stuff Al Jolson sung. But the vogue for that has gone years ago and Bruce hasn't had a hit in years.

But his publicist has got a great idea to sell his life story to Hollywood for a film version, but what can you do with a songwriter who wrote all Dixie melodies whose only connection to the South is South Brooklyn. But if you think that defeats Jerome Cowan as the publicist you have another think coming.

Cowan embarks on a campaign to give Bruce the prerequisite southern background for the film. He even hires Anne Gwynne to Dixify poor Bruce to get those drawls and y'alls down pat.

Of course no one figures that Bruce would get involved with two women besides Gwynne, Marie Harmon and Ella Mae Morse. And gets himself involved in one of those old souther feuds that had died until he showed up.

Best number in the film is Ella Mae Morse doing Shoo Shoo Boogie which she introduced and was interpolated in the score. Good thing because the stuff written for the film was absolute nothing to write home about.

With no big stars in this film, you can see why its not really revived all that much. The plot was incredibly dumb, in fact the most famous writer of odes to Dixie was a damn Yankee named Stephen Foster. Some of his stuff also gets in this film, good thing it was in public domain or Foster would have sued if he were still alive.

South Of Dixie is a limp musical with not a whole lot going for it.

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