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Frances H. Flaherty (original screenplay)
Robert J. Flaherty (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
28 October 1948 (France) See more »
Being the Adventures of a "Cajun Huckleberry Finn" in the Bayous of Louiaiana...
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Joseph Boudreaux ... The Boy
Lionel Le Blanc ... His Father
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

Directed by
Robert J. Flaherty  (as Robert Flaherty)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Frances H. Flaherty  original screenplay (as Frances Flaherty)
Robert J. Flaherty  original screenplay (as Robert Flaherty)

Produced by
Helen van Dongen .... associate producer
Robert J. Flaherty .... producer (as Robert Flaherty)
Richard Leacock .... associate producer
Original Music by
Virgil Thomson 
Cinematography by
Richard Leacock 
Film Editing by
Helen van Dongen 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Serge Roullet .... assistant director
Sound Department
Benjamin Doniger .... sound recordist
Leonard Stark .... sound recordist
Dick Vorisek .... re-recording mixer
Editorial Department
Ralph Rosenblum .... assistant editor
Music Department
Henry Brant .... music technical assistant
C. Robert Fine .... music recordist (as Bob Fine)
Eugene Ormandy .... musical director

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Also Known As:
"Cajun" - USA (reissue title)
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78 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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Photographed with new, lighter 35mm cameras used by Nazi propagandists during the war years.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: When the raccoon escapes from the boat and swims through the bayou, the edge of a pontoon or boat appears at the right side of the frameSee more »
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Featured in Hooray for Holyrood (1986) (TV)See more »
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Pretty Bad, 20 January 2016
Author: gavin6942 from United States

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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