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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Cast

Credited cast:
Joseph Boudreaux ...
Lionel Le Blanc ...
E. Bienvenu ...
His Mother (as Mrs. E. Bienvenu)
Frank Hardy ...
The Driller
C.P. Guedry ...
The Boilerman
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Oscar J. Yarborough ...
Oil Company Lessor
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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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Pretty Bad
20 January 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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.

The script was written by Frances H. Flaherty and Robert J. Flaherty, directed by Robert J. Flaherty, and was commissioned by the Standard Oil Company. As with Flaherty's other films, he tried to create a sense that this was a documentary, when it really was not in any sense of the word.

The film was shot on location in the Louisiana bayou country, using local residents for actors. However, none of the members of the Cajun family (boy, father and mother) were actually related, and the film does not in any aspect deal with Cajun culture or the reality of the hard lives of the Cajun people, or with the mechanics of drilling for oil.

The film has been preserved by the Library of Congress, though I cannot imagine why other than that it captures a (fictional) part of American life. The movie is in the public domain, and is therefore more often than not found in awful quality. But even if it was shiny and new, this is a rather boring and pointless film... how it ever achieved the recognition it did is completely beyond me.


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