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Romance of Louisiana (1937)

 -  Short | Drama | History  -  12 March 1938 (USA)
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This 1937 Vitaphone short was reissued in 1953 to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase. In 1803, American President Thomas Jefferson appointed James Monroe to ... See full summary »

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Addison Richards ...
James Monroe / Radio Actor in Studio
Erville Alderson ...
Radio Broadcaster / Thomas Jefferson
Suzanne Kaaren ...
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Tallyrand (as Ien Wulf)
Alphonse Ethier ...
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Ted Osborne ...
Ross of Pennsyvania (as Theodore Osborne)
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This 1937 Vitaphone short was reissued in 1953 to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase. In 1803, American President Thomas Jefferson appointed James Monroe to negotiate with Napoleon to acquire the Louisiana territory from France. England's King George urges the United State's to take the territory by force as France is selling the territory only to get more money to fight against England. Napoleon learns of this and promptly sells the territory for $15,000,000 in an early example of a distress sale. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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One of the Weakest of its Kind
17 May 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Romance of Louisiana (1937)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Technicolor short takes place in 1803 as President Thomas Jefferson (Erville Alderson) tries to negotiate with Napoleon to buy the Louisiana Territory from France. I'm no history expect so I can't comment on how faithful this film is to the truth but I am a lover of shorts and I've seen a fair share of those that deal with subjects of the past. With that in mind, this one here is downright deadly dull from start to finish and there's really not much worth watching here. The one saving grace is the Technicolor, which gives some life to the movie as it looks quite good. Now, what doesn't work is the actual direction, which seems dead from the opening prologue to the final scenes. There's not an ounce of energy to be found and even the performances are very stale.


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