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The Sun Shines Bright (1953)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Western | 2 May 1953 (USA)
John Ford weaves three "Judge Priest" stories together to form a good- natured exploration of honour and small-town politics in the South around the turn of the century. Judge William ... See full summary »

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(screenplay), (short stories "The Sun Shines Bright", "The Mob from Massac" and "The Lord Provides")
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Cast

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Judge William Pittman Priest
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Lucy Lee Lake
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Ashby Corwin
Stepin Fetchit ...
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Dr. Lewt Lake
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Herman Felsburg (as Ludwig Stossel)
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Feeney (Old Backwoodsman)
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Army Sgt. Jimmy Bagby
Mitchell Lewis ...
Sheriff Andy Redcliffe
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Buck Ramsey
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Horace K. Maydew
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Lucy Lee's Mother
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U.S. Grant 'You Ess' Woodford
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Joe D. Habersham
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Sterling, Lanky Backwoodsman
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John Ford weaves three "Judge Priest" stories together to form a good- natured exploration of honour and small-town politics in the South around the turn of the century. Judge William Priest is involved variously in revealing the real identity of Lucy Lake, reliving his Civil War memories, preventing the lynching of a youth and contesting the elections with Yankee Horace K. Maydew. Written by Bernard Keane <BKeane2@email.dot.gov.au>

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FROM ACADEMY AWARD WINNER JOHN FORD, WHO GAVE YOU "THE QUIET MAN" (original print ad-all caps) See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Western

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2 May 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le soleil brille pour tout le monde  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to a 1968 interwiev it's John Fords favorite movie of his. See more »

Quotes

[the prayer he says at the funeral of Lucy Lee's mother]
Ashby Corwin: Gentle Jesus, meek and mild, / look upon a little child. / Pity her simplicity; / suffer her to come to thee. / Amen.
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Soundtracks

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
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Written by Wallis Willis
Arranged by Jester Hairston
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Liberal, Dixie judge takes a principled stand against small town hypocrisy in turn of the century Kentucky
29 January 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

One of the odd aspects of this film is the post Civil War background that looms large to a greater or lesser degree throughout. This takes the form of a blatantly obvious pro Confederate stance, and an almost religious idolatry of 'Dixie'. Halliwell tells us that Judge Priest, the moral heart of the film, "has trouble quelling the Confederate spirit" - but the opposite is the case - the judge is absolutely central to maintaining and celebrating that spirit. The oddness comes because, it seems to me at least, we are not used to seeing such a character defending black rights, preventing a lynching, etc. Even more peculiar is to see such a 'happy' black population - particularly the quite disturbing courthouse scene where 2 black characters suddenly burst into a grotesque song and dance routine. "Mississippi Burning" this certainly isn't! But certainly a film worth watching, and the prostitute's daughter's funeral scene is excellently done. It somehow feels older than 1953.


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