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Gone Are the Days! (1963)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama | 23 September 1963 (USA)
An idealistic young man returns to the plantation where he grew up in servitude. He brings his fiancée Lutiebelle, but hopes to convince the plantation owner that she is really his cousin ... See full summary »

Director:

Nicholas Webster

Writers:

Ossie Davis (play), Ossie Davis (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ossie Davis ... Reverend Purlie Victorious Judson
Ruby Dee ... Lutiebelle Gussie Mae Jenkins
Godfrey Cambridge ... Gitlow Judson
Hilda Haynes Hilda Haynes ... Missy Judson
Beah Richards ... Idella Landy
Alan Alda ... Charlie Cotchipee
Charles Welch Charles Welch ... Sheriff
Ralph Roberts ... Deputy
Sorrell Booke ... Ol' Cap', Stonewall Jackson Cotchipee
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Storyline

An idealistic young man returns to the plantation where he grew up in servitude. He brings his fiancée Lutiebelle, but hopes to convince the plantation owner that she is really his cousin to secure the family inheritance. Aiding the comic complications are his family members Missy and Gitlow and the plantation owner's endearing but ineffectual son Charlie. Written by Jonathan Ruskin <JonRuskin@aol.com>

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The Laughingest Serious Motion Picture Either Side of the Mason-Dixon Line!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Unrated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Man from C.O.T.T.O.N. See more »

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Mono
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Trivia

Alan Alda portrays the son of Sorrell Booke's character. In real life, Alda is only 6 years younger than Booke. See more »

Quotes

Ol' Cap'n Cotchipee: Now Gitlow would cut off his right arm for you if you were to ask him. Wouldn't ya, Git?
Gitlow Judson: Uh, you the boss, Boss.
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Version of Purlie (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Dixie's Land
Written by Daniel Decatur Emmett (as Dan Emmett)
Adapted and Arranged by Henry Cowen
Played often as background music when Captain Cotchippee is onscreen
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An Unqualified Classic!!!!
25 February 2008 | by RaiderJackSee all my reviews

Actually, I have yet to see a live version with Ossie & Ruby but read the play years ago. I can't wait to see it realized especially with the original author, Ossie Davis, playing Purlie. I did see a version with Melba Moore playing Lutiebelle which was quite good - but Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee are, as far as I'm concerned, the quintessential First Couple in African-American theatre - any chance to see them perform together is always a treat. Even as a read, the play is quite hilarious and it works all the more imagining such talent as Ossie & Ruby realizing the roles. As a matter of fact, I read "Purlie Victorious" and 'Day of Absence" by Douglas Turner Ward, another excellent example of black theatre, together - they complement each other quite well as shining examples of black comedy satirizing existing racial attitudes then (hmmmm..and now..) The play is timeless, is not at ALL archaic by todays standards as many of the same issues tackled in Purlie as well as Day of Absence still exist, alas, in 2007.

But on a lighter note, owning a copy of "Purlie Victorious" performed by its auspicious author, the incomparable Ossie Davis, is simply a must for your collection.


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