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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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Another triumph of entertainment comes your way in John Ford's magical story of an American River-Town, and all its secrets! (original print-ad) 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

Final film of Paul Hurst. 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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Dixie
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Written by Daniel Decatur Emmett
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My all-time favourite movie!
14 April 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

'The Sun Shines Bright' is my all-time favourite movie and, though it is now more than 50 years old, there is not one better that has been made since. I first saw it on BBC TV way back and, having taped it for my own use, I never tire of it. The plot, based on stories by Irvin S. Cobb, is beautifully acted out, especially by Charles Winninger as Judge Billy Priest. The evolving drama is most moving. The post-Civil War period setting and atmosphere are perfectly caught by the greatest of all movie directors, John Ford, and the 'moral' (an apparently out-dated word, but still as relevant today as in the 1950s when the movie was made) of this splendid entertainment is still worth marking, learning and inwardly digesting. If Kentucky is still as it is pictured, even if in black-and-white, may I please move there right now?!


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