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Virginia (1941)

A New York chorus girl (Madeleine Carroll) comes home to claim her family plantation and must choose between two men (Fred MacMurray, Sterling Hayden), one rich, one not.


Edward H. Griffith


Virginia Van Upp (screenplay), Edward H. Griffith (story) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview:
Madeleine Carroll ... Charlotte Dunterry
Fred MacMurray ... Stonewall Jackson Elliott
Sterling Hayden ... Norman Williams (as Stirling Hayden)
Helen Broderick ... Theo Clairmont
Carolyn Lee ... Pretty Ellott
Marie Wilson ... Connie Potter
Paul Hurst ... Thomas
Tom Rutherford ... Carter Francis
Leigh Whipper Leigh Whipper ... Ezechial
Louise Beavers ... Ophelia
Darby Jones ... Joseph


A New York chorus girl (Madeleine Carroll) comes home to claim her family plantation and must choose between two men (Fred MacMurray, Sterling Hayden), one rich, one not.

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MEET Paramount's newest discovery--STERLING HAYDEN. He's gay, he's handsome...he's six-feet-four. (0riginal poster) See more »


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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by MCA ever since. Its earliest documented telecast took place in Omaha Sunday 15 March 1959 on KETV (Channel 7), followed by Asheville 9 August 1959 on WLOS (Channel 13), by Seattle 27 August 1959 on KIRO (Channel 7), by Milwaukee 12 September 1959 on WITI (Channel 6), by Phoenix 11 December 1959 on KVAR (Channel 12), and by Philadelphia 14 December 1959 on WCAU (Channel 10). At this time, color broadcasting was in its infancy, limited to only a small number of high rated programs, primarily on NBC and NBC affiliated stations, so these film showings were all still in B&W. Viewers were not offered the opportunity to see these films in their original Technicolor until several years later. See more »


Charlotte Dunterry: Stoney, why do you resent northerners so? I mean, the ones that come down here, after all they didn't fight the Civil War.
Stonewall Elliott: Cos' they only come down here to play, without any thought of the land. They play at being gentlemen farmers for a while and then go somewheres else; wherever it's the fad to go. One year it's the lowlands of Carolina, another year it's old farmhouses in Pennsylvania. This year it happens to be the smart thing to buy a place in Virginia.
Charlotte Dunterry: Hm, Virginia means more to you than ...
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"No place on earth do I love more sincerely"
25 January 2021 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Whether one likes Virginia or not I think all will agree the film is in bad need of restoration. This was a big budget item for Paramount in 1941 and it marked Sterling Hayden's debut.

At least this corner of the Old Dominion doesn't look like it changed much since the Civil War. Madeleine Carroll is the heir to a large estate down there and she's come down from New York to sell the old plantation.

Selling the old place would offend local sensibilities and be contrary to the way of life or so Madeleine is informed by Fred MacMurray who has the place next door. But a transplanted northerner played vby Sterling Hayden next foor on the other side wants to buy the old plantation.

So Carroll is caught both romantically and business wise between MacMrray and Hayden. Guess who she chooses.

In real life she chose Sterling Hayden and one must read an account of how he arrived at Paramount with no theatrical background and got this second lead in a bid budget picture. It's all in his memoir The Wanderer.

The reason this film just ain't seen too often is the unbelievable portrayal of the black people who act like slavery never was abolished. Louise Beaver and Leigh Whipper and the rest made me wince and can you imagine what a black person might feel watching Virginia.

This will never make a top five for either of the three leads.

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Release Date:

4 July 1941 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Charlottesville, Virginia, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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