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Lydia Bailey (1952)

In 1802, during Haiti's struggle for independence from Napoleonic France, an American lawyer seeks a client's daughter living on the revolution-torn island.


Jean Negulesco


Kenneth Roberts (novel), Michael Blankfort (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Dale Robertson ... Albion Hamlin
Anne Francis ... Lydia Bailey
Charles Korvin ... Col. Gabriel D'autremont
William Marshall ... King Dick
Luis Van Rooten Luis Van Rooten ... General Charles LeClerc
Adeline De Walt Reynolds ... Mme. Antoinette d'Autremont
Angos Perez Angos Perez ... Paul d'Autremont
Robert Evans ... Soldier (as Bob Evans)
Roy Glenn ... Mirabeau (as Roy E. Glenn)
Bill Walker ... General LaPlume (as William Walker)
Rosalind Hayes Rosalind Hayes ... Aspodelle (as Roz Hayes)


A young Boston lawyer, Albron Hamlin, goes to Haiti in 1802 to find Lydia Bailey, whose estate he must settle. The island is war-torn in the strife between Toussaing L'Overture, the black president, and the French who are trying to retake possession of the country. Hamlin finds Lydia and, against the background of war and rebellion, they fall in love while helping the Haitians against the French. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Lydia Bailey ... is storm, tempest and violence ! See more »


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English | French

Release Date:

2 June 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Storm over Haiti See more »

Filming Locations:

Calabasas, California, USA

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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World premiere at Port-au-Prince, Haiti, June 1952. See more »

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An American lawyer goes Haiti to settle a state when takes place an independence revolt
25 July 2018 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

A young American advocate at law called Hamlin : Dale Robertson goes to island Haiti 1802 to meet Lydia Bailey : Anne Francis in order to settle her inheritance . Meanwhile , there takes place a revolution led by the ex-slave Francois Toussain Loverture , the new black leader who abolished the cruel slavery , and subsequently the poweful king Jacobo I of Haiti . Later on , the French navy commanded by General Leclerc disembarks on the island along with his wife Paulina Bonaparte , Napoleon's sister . While the Boston lawyer supported by a tough rebel called king Dick : William Marshall attempting to help the Haitians against the invading French .

This is a historical drama about Haiti's struggles for independence from Napoleonic France with a loving triangle , passion , emotion , escapes , jungle pursuits , battles and voodoo dancing . The picture based on the novel with the same title written by Kenneth Roberts has an interesting historical background about Haiti independence , as the Caribbean island is war-torn in the strife between the Haitians and the French , including historic roles as the notorious leader Toussian , Paulina Bonaparte and his husband General Lecrerc who attempted to retake possesion of the country . It stars Dale Robertson as the lawyer who looks for the client's daughter living on the revolution-torn Haiti and with whom falls in love , she is the gorgeous Anne Francis , unforgettable in Forbidden Planet . Support cast is pretty good such as Charles Korwin , William Marshall , and brief appearances from Robert Evans , Roy Glenn as Mirabaeau and Juanita Moore .

Colorful cinematography in Technicolor by Harry Jackson , shot in Calabasas , California and Ranch Twentieth Century Fox . Evocative production design and art direction from Lyle Wheeler , Paul Fox and Thomas Little , adding excessive matte painting . Thrilling as well as emotive musical score by the classy composer Hugo Friedhofer .The motion picture was well directed by Jean Negulesco . He was a filmmaker of both popular , polished entertainments , as well as critically acclaimed and he directed all kinds of genres with penchant for musical , drama and comedy . As he realized various dramatic films in the 1940s and 1950s . He helmed a realist war drama : Three came home with Claudette Colbert , a WWII film: The conspirators with Hedy Lamar , Paul Henreid , and made his version of sinking Titanic 1953 with Barbara Stanwick and the hit : Johnny Belinda .Subsequently , he directed : Humoresque , Road house and a remake : The rains of Ranchipur with Richard Burton and Lana Turner , the comedy : How to marry with a millionaire with Marilyn Monroe , Betty Grable ; the colorful movie : Boy on a dolphin with Sophia Loren , Alan Ladd and the musical movies : Daddy long legs 1955 with Fred Astaire and Three coins in the fountain ; furthermore , a Bette Davis vehicle : Phone call from a stranger . His last and unknown films were dramedy as The pleasure seekers, The invincible sex and Hello goodbye . Being his most successful and prestigious movie : Mask of Dimitrios with Peter Lorre .

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