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Dixie (1943)

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A young songwriter leaves his Kentucky home to try to make it in New Orleans. Eventually he winds up in New York, where he sells his songs to a music publisher, but refuses to sell his most... See full summary »

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William Rankin (story), Karl Tunberg (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Bing Crosby ... Daniel Decatur Emmett
Dorothy Lamour ... Millie Cook
Billy De Wolfe ... Mr. Bones
Marjorie Reynolds ... Jean Mason
Lynne Overman ... Mr. Whitlock
Eddie Foy Jr. ... Mr. Felham
Raymond Walburn ... Mr. Cook
Grant Mitchell ... Mr. Mason
Clara Blandick ... Mrs. Mason
Tom Herbert Tom Herbert ... Homer
Olin Howland ... Mr. Deveraux (as Olin Howlin)
Robert Warwick ... Mr. LaPlant
Fortunio Bonanova ... Waiter
Brandon Hurst ... Dignified Man in Audience
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Storyline

A young songwriter leaves his Kentucky home to try to make it in New Orleans. Eventually he winds up in New York, where he sells his songs to a music publisher, but refuses to sell his most treasured composition: "Dixie." The film is based on the life of Daniel Decatur Emmett, who wrote the classic song "Dixie." Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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showbiz | minstrel show | See All (2) »

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IT'S BING'S BEST! (original print ad-all caps) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 1944 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

A Canção de Dixie See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 20, 1943 with Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

The movie changes all sorts of historical facts: The movie makes Emmett a bachelor wooing "Jean Mason" who is confined to a wheelchair. The song Dixie was intended as a sort of dirge but is given a sprightly tempo only because the theater, in the deep south, has caught fire. In fact Emmett married Catherine Rives circa 1853 and remained married until her death in 1875, there is no indication that she was disabled. Dixie was first sung, and at its familiar tempo, in NYC on April 4, 1859, in a non-burning music hall. The movie has only the first verse sung over and over again because, frankly, the second and third verses are a bit "unenlightened" by modern standards. A couple of years later Emmett was appalled that the Confederacy had appropriated his song and he promptly wrote several songs for the Union Army. See more »

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Referenced in Road to Utopia (1945) See more »

Soundtracks

Roll Out! Heave Dat Cotton
(uncredited)
Written by Will S. Hayes
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Dixie
9 May 2006 | by xxitalianxxSee all my reviews

After viewing the 1943 classic Dixie, it was apparent that at this civil war time entertainment there were different styles of dance emerging. During this time it became a popular diversion to spend evenings at a minstrel theatre. Straying away from the traditional opera or ballet, minstrels offered a new sense of entertainment which promoted the class system. Fortunately our society today is accepting African American's and prejudices are less prevalent. Subsequent to professional minstrelsy's decline in the 20th century, its appeal continued in the south. Though minstrels proposed stereotypes, some good did result from this type of entertainment. These shows presented black performers the opportunity to build a foundation which later helped many of them to emerge as successful entertainers.

Minstrel shows exposed a wide selection of audiences to this unique type of entertainment. With its combination of eccentric dancing and diverse music, people enjoyed the allure of the entertainment. Closely similar to tap dancing, it boasted innovative and bizarre movements' pairs with flamboyant eye-catching costumes.

This type of amusement contributed to later types of dancing and entertainment. As a big benchmark in the industry, without minstrels played a role in what dancing has evolved into presently. Without minstrels, who knows if the great such as Dizzy Gillespie, W.C. Handy, and Bert Williams, would have been as successful as they were.


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