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Old Natchez on the Mississippi (1939)

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

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James A. FitzPatrick ...
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Aunt Jenny ...
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Uncle Mose ...
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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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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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Ring de Banjo
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TravelTalks
3 August 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Old Natchez on the Mississippi (1939)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Seeing as how this TravelTalks series was produced by MGM and considering it was released in 1939, you can't help but think this was a tie-in with their GONE WITH THE WIND. We see the people of Natchez and how they are today compared to "the good old days before the Civil War". We then see the various white folks dancing and having fun with their lavished houses and dresses. When then see, as FitzPatrick tries to claim, black folks hanging out in their shacks and doing their own style of dancing. Some people might find such images negative so some will want to stay away but in the end this is another decent entry in the series. MGM did much better with their short THE OLD SOUTH but this one here works well enough. The best stuff deals with the lavish colors of the dresses used during The Wedding March.


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