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Way Down South (1939)

Passed | | Action, Music | 21 July 1939 (USA)
In the pre-Civil War South, a plantation owner dies and leaves all his possessions, including his slaves, to his young son. While the deceased treated his slaves decently, his corrupt ... See full summary »

Writers:

Clarence Muse (original story and screenplay), Langston Hughes (original story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bobby Breen ... Timothy Reid Jr.
Alan Mowbray ... Jacques Bouton
Ralph Morgan ... Timothy Reid Sr.
Steffi Duna ... Pauline
Clarence Muse ... Uncle Caton
Sally Blane ... Claire Bouton
Edwin Maxwell ... Martin Dill
Charles Middleton ... Cass
Robert Greig ... Judge Ravenal
Lillian Yarbo ... Janie
Matthew 'Stymie' Beard ... Gumbo (as Stymie Beard)
Hall Johnson Choir Hall Johnson Choir ... Church Choir
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Storyline

In the pre-Civil War South, a plantation owner dies and leaves all his possessions, including his slaves, to his young son. While the deceased treated his slaves decently, his corrupt executor abuses them unmercifully, beating them without provocation, and he is planning to sell off the father'e estate--including the slaves--at the earliest opportunity so he and his mistress can steal the money and move to France. The young boy doesn't want to sell his father's estate or break up an of the slave families, and he has to find someone to help him thwart the crooked executor's plans. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Taglines:

HELP YOURSELF TO HAPPINESS! HERE'S A WHILE SHOW-FULL! (original poster - all caps)

Genres:

Action | Music

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 July 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La strada del sud See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Sol Lesser Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The earliest documented telecasts of this film took place in Los Angeles Saturday 30 July 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5) and in New York City Saturday 9 September 1950 on WPIX (Channel 11). See more »

Goofs

When explaining the law involving the executor of an estate, Mr. Bouton refers to the "Commonwealth of Louisiana." However, "commonwealth" is a specific designation for only four US states, not including Louisiana. The proper designation would have been "State of Louisiana." See more »

Connections

Referenced in Timeless: Hollywoodland (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Louisiana
(1939)
Music and Lyrics by Clarence Muse and Langston Hughes
Sung by Bobby Breen (uncredited), Alan Mowbray (uncredited) and the Hall Johnson Choir (uncredited)
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1 July 2002 | by ivan-22See all my reviews

I liked everything about this forgotten, unpretentious, good-natured, well-made film ahead of its time regarding "the race problem". It delivers far more solid good time than many a famous films. It's a thrill to see nothing but unknown actors, all of them good. Bobby Breen is also an exceedingly confident and accomplished singer.


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