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.
HELP YOURSELF TO HAPPINESS! HERE'S A WHILE SHOW-FULL! (original poster - all caps)
Did You Know?
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
Near the beginning the film, four of the characters sing the popular tune "Dem Golden Slippers." However, the film takes place in 1857, and the song wasn't written until 1879. See more
Referenced in Timeless: Hollywoodland
Music and Lyrics by Clarence Muse
and Langston Hughes
Sung by the Hall Johnson Choir
(uncredited) for slaves singing and dancing onscreen
Reprised by them at the end See more