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Lady from Louisiana (1941)

Passed | | Drama, Western | 22 April 1941 (USA)
In the 1890s, a Northern lawyer goes to New Orleans to aid the local reform league in their fight against the crooked lottery run by a Southern ex-general and his beautiful daughter.


Bernard Vorhaus


Vera Caspary (screenplay), Michael Hogan (screenplay) | 3 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
John Wayne ... John Reynolds
Ona Munson ... Julie Mirbeau
Ray Middleton ... Blackburn 'Blackie' Williams
Henry Stephenson ... General Anatole Mirbeau
Helen Westley ... Blanche Brunot
Jack Pennick ... Cuffy Brown
Dorothy Dandridge ... Felice
Shimen Ruskin ... Gaston
Jacqueline Dalya ... Pearl
Paul Scardon ... Judge Wilson
James H. McNamara James H. McNamara ... Senator Cassidy (as Major James H. MacNamara)
James C. Morton ... Littlefield
Maurice Costello ... Edwards
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Northern lawyer John Reynolds travels to New Orleans to try and clean up the local crime syndicate based around a lottery. Although he meets Julie Mirbeau and they are attracted to each other, the fact that her father heads the lottery means they end up on opposite sides. When her father is killed, Julie becomes more and more involved in the shady activities and in blocking Reynolds' attempts at prosecution. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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The Duke battles the forces of corruption down New Orleans way.


Drama | Western


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Did You Know?


In 1953, Republic Pictures theatrically reissued this film on a double bill with another John Wayne western, A Man Betrayed (1941). See more »


Referenced in Biography: Dorothy Dandridge: Little Girl Lost (1999) See more »


Trés Bien
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Eddie Cherkose
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Who could have imagined that a guy named 'Blackie' would be a bad guy?!
9 December 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When this story begins, Julie (One Munson) and John Reynolds (John Wayne) meet and fall for each other when he arrives in New Orleans. Little do either realize that they are both destined to be on the opposite side. It seems that Julie's father, the General (Henry Stephenson), is head of the lottery and the new Anti-Lottery League has brought in John to clean up this racket.

While John thinks the General is his big problem, the General isn't that bad a guy. But neither realize just how low and dangerous the General's assistant, Blackie (Ray Middleton) is. When the General starts to suspect, the General is murdered...and Blackie encourages his lottery ticket salesmen to use ANY tactic to get tickets sold. It essentially becomes a shakedown racket...and folks pay protection by buying tickets...or else.

Can the nice guy John manage to clean up this den of thieves? And what about Julie? After all, she is foolish enough to blame John for the death of her father!

The style of this film is very similar to Wayne's other films in this time period. Since he's becoming more of a star, the budgets and look of the films have gotten much better than his cheap B- westerns of the 1930s. But despite looking much better and having a spectacular finale in this film, the Republic films are essentially B-movies with longer running times and bigger budgets. There were exceptions at this time (such as the films he did with John Ford, such as "Stagecoach") but this film fits in style-wise with Wayne's "Seven Sinners", "Dark Command" and "In Old California"...rather formulaic but enjoyable. My only quibble is that the baddie is named 'Blackie'...and yet no one seems to suspect him of villainy through most of the film!!

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Release Date:

22 April 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lady from New Orleans See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA

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Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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