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The Sun Shines Bright (1953)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  2 May 1953 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Winninger ...
Judge William Pittman Priest
Arleen Whelan ...
Lucy Lee Lake
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Ashby Corwin
Stepin Fetchit ...
Russell Simpson ...
Dr. Lewt Lake
Ludwig Stössel ...
Herman Felsburg (as Ludwig Stossel)
Francis Ford ...
Feeney (Old Backwoodsman)
Paul Hurst ...
Army Sgt. Jimmy Bagby
Mitchell Lewis ...
Sheriff Andy Redcliffe
Grant Withers ...
Buck Ramsey
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Horace K. Maydew
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Lucy Lee's Mother
Elzie Emanuel ...
U.S. Grant 'You Ess' Woodford
Henry O'Neill ...
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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HER NAME WAS SHAME!..She got off the freight boat in the dead of night...walked down Main Street with those bold-brazen eyes...and the town was never the same again! (original print ad) See more »

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2 May 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le soleil brille pour tout le monde  »

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[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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Version of Judge Priest (1934) See more »

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Sweet Genevieve
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Music by Henry Tucker
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A brilliant work of political philosophy
25 March 2003 | by (warren michigan) – See all my reviews

I will make an introductory, Autobiographical comment.I am , by training, a Political Theorist and a student of American Institutions.A long time ago, I saw a list of the ten greatest films ever made. The only one I had never heared of was The Sun Shines Bright...Only later did I discover that Ford listed it, with Wagonmaster, as one of his two favorite films. I wrote an essay on Fords "democratic poetics" for a course on Tocqueville(!)In the essay, I analyzed Wagonmaster and the Sun Shines Bright. Wagonmaster(implicitly) and The Sunshines Bright(explicitly)are films about politics, and about democracy. Wagonmaster is ,in fact a pilgrimage narrative, while The Sunshines Bright takes place in a "polis", the tiny Kentucky town of Fairfield,during an election.The whole story is, in fact, a meditation on democracy, leadership, compassion and tradition.Charles Winninger is superb. The Prostitutes funeral,with its closing scene in the church,where Priest quotes the Bible, is simply grand.The parade at the end is very touching, and the final shot of the lonely, but beloved Priest walking alone into his house, is almost equal to the end of The Searchers....Ford was indeed the grand lion of the cinema.


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