Louisiana Story (1948)

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The idyllic life of a young Cajun boy and his pet raccoon is disrupted when the tranquility of the bayou is broken by an oil well drilling near his home.


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Credited cast:
Joseph Boudreaux ...
Lionel Le Blanc ...
E. Bienvenu ...
His Mother (as Mrs. E. Bienvenu)
Frank Hardy ...
The Driller
C.P. Guedry ...
The Boilerman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Oscar J. Yarborough ...
Oil Company Lessor


A young Cajun boy named Alexander Napolean Ulysses Latour spends his time on a Louisiana bayou. There he plays, fishes and hunts, worrying only about the alligators which infest its waters. The boy's innocent routine changes forever when his father signs a lease agreement with an oil company which brings a derrick into their corner of the bayou. Written by Shannon Patrick Sullivan <shannon@mun.ca>

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Release Date:

28 October 1948 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Cajun  »

Box Office


$258,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The score for this film, by Virgil Thomson, marks the only occasion that film music has won the Pulitzer Prize for Best Composition. See more »


In the opening sequence, when The Boy first spots the raccoon, his hair is neat. Then it's mussed. Then it's neat again. See more »


Referenced in Cinéma Vérité: Defining the Moment (2000) See more »


Louisiana Story
Written by Virgil Thomson
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Louisiana Story makes an excellent finale for Robert J. Flaherty
18 March 2007 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Under the heading "Louisiana" I checked this documentary called Louisiana Story by Robert J. Flaherty out of curiosity from my local East Baton Rouge Parish Library. Beautiful views of the state swamps as well as fascinating scenes of the oil rig that inhabits them dominates the film which depicts the adventures of a Cajun boy on a boat fishing and hunting alligators with his pet raccoon. His father occasionally comes along for the ride and they both have friendly relations with the workers of the oil well. There are some scenes of the mother as well. Great Pulitzer Prize-winning music scored by Virgil Thomson is beautifully performed by The Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra as conducted by Eugene Ormandy. Wonderful cinematography by Richard Leacock. Worth checking out as a depiction of late '40s Louisiana as well as the final film of Mr. Flaherty before his death in 1951. Update-4/29/07: The Cajun boy that starred in this film, J.C. Boudreaux, is now 73 and lives with his wife of 55 years, Regina, in a FEMA trailer in the town of Sweet Lake which is south of Lake Charles. They moved there after Hurricane Rita destroyed their home in Cameron. They had seven children who have provided them numerous grand-and great-grandchildren. Boudreaux still loves fishing. I found this out reading this morning's The (Baton Rouge) Advocate.

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