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Old Natchez on the Mississippi (1939)

This Traveltalks short focuses on the city's preservation of the architecture, apparel, and customs of the antebellum South.


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Complete credited cast:
James A. FitzPatrick ...
Narrator (voice)
Aunt Jenny ...
Uncle Mose ...
Uncle Ned ...


In Natchez, Mississippi, we experience the flavor of antebellum days. The Natchez Garden Club restores old homes, and it hosts a spring pilgrimage featuring costumes, song, and dance to celebrate the old South. We visit Connolly's Tavern and three mansions: Edgewood where costumed children play, Englewood with its echoes of Jenny Lind, and Melrose where ladies and gents dance. The emphasis is on the romance of days before the Civil War. The travelogue also notes the contributions to music, dance, and folklore of "the colored folks," one pipe-smoking former slave is quoted assuring that "no merrier people ever lived than the colored folks of the pre-war South." Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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30 December 1939 (USA)  »

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(RCA Recording)


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Despite focusing exclusively on Natchez, Mississippi, much of this short film's score features Kentucky's state anthem, "My Old Kentucky Home." See more »

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Narrator FitzPatrick identifies the other credited cast members verbally. See more »


Ring de Banjo
Written by Stephen Foster
Performed by the studio orchestra
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Preserving the spirit of the Old South...
28 September 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Since this Technicolor short was produced by MGM in 1939, one can only assume it was meant to coincide with the premiere of GONE WITH THE WIND, celebrating the spirit of the Old South.

It's a nine-minute short devoted to scenes of the people of Old Natchez on the Mississippi wearing the colorful costumes of the antebellum South with ceremonies observing the traditions of a bygone past.

Children, as well as adults, are shown participating in games and dances, costumed in the colorful get-ups of the Civil War days. The women are especially attractive in their hoop-skirts performing graceful dances.

It concludes with a look at the black population, onlookers as the whites celebrate the past with dances. A few of the black children are shown doing dances of their own and the short is over.

Summing up: One of the livelier James A. FitzPatrick shorts.

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