Story of Julian Poydras, whose encounter with a girl at Mardi Gras had a profound effect on his later life.




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From the back country of Louisiana, just married Cissie Larand arrives home from her wedding to find a check made out in her name in the amount of $1,100, which is more money than she could have ever dreamed. The check is signed by Julian Poydras, a man she doesn't know nor does she know why she received the money. The story... At Mardi Gras one hundred fifty years ago, Poydras, then a poor immigrant from France, pretended to be a man of wealth to infiltrate upper class society. He wanted to use the opportunity to make connections for his just set up retail business, and perhaps to marry into wealth. He did find a girl at the Mardi Gras party with who he fell in love and asked to marry, the wedding which would happen upon his return after the forty days of Lent. But she too ended up being poor, living in a shack in the Louisiana back country of West Baton Rouge. Over time, Poydras was able to achieve wealth and prestige, but it was his encounter with this woman, the only love in his ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

15 November 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Passing Parade No. 28: Strange Testament  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)



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1.37 : 1
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Poydras's first name is spelled "Julian" throughout the film. The correct spelling is "Julien". See more »


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Story of Julien Poydras
22 January 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Fictionalized account of real-life Julian Poydras (spelled Julien in reality but Julian in this short). The story begins with a poor young married couple arriving home to find a check waiting on the girl. Then we get into the backstory of why she got the check. Julian Poydras meets a pretty girl at Mardi Gras and falls in love. But when he takes her home he discovers, to his horror, that the girl is dirt poor. The narrator described her as living in squalor and ugliness, which was just rude. Anyway, Julian is troubled because he grew up poor and expected his wife to have a dowry, which this girl obviously does not. So he decides to forgo love and focus on business. When he finally realizes his mistake, it's too late and the girl is dead (presumably by suicide). Poydras never marries but amasses a fortune. He writes into his will that his fortune be used to leave dowries to the poor young girls of the parish. Interesting story that I'd never heard before. Not sure how much of it is true and how much is legend but it's a good little story with nice MGM production.

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