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Gone Are the Days! (1963)

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 »


Nicholas Webster


Ossie Davis (play), Ossie Davis (screenplay)


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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


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! See more »


Comedy | Drama



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Based upon the play "Purlie Victorious" by Ossie Davis, which ran on Broadway from 28 September 1961 to 12 May 1962 (261 performances). All actors in the play, except Hilda Haynes recreated their roles for this movie. A musical version entitled "Purlie!" later appeared. See more »


Charlie Cotchipee: Idella, sometimes I think I oughta run away from home.
Idella Landy: I know, but you already tried that, honey.
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Version of Purlie (1981) See more »


Happy as the Day is Long
Composer unknown
Adapted, Arranged and Conducted by Milton Okun
Sung by the congregation in church
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Finally comes out on DVD
8 February 2006 | by raysondSee all my reviews

This was a film that hasn't been seen since its theatrical release years ago since it was shown only once on television. After years of speculation,the motion picture "Purlie Victorious"(AKA Gone Are The Days)finally comes out on DVD. Released in 1963 and based on the stage play,written by Ossie Davis,this was a film that was well-acted but shot on a low budget scale. Ossie Davis oozes charisma and his spouse Ruby Dee is playing a character much younger than he is,since at the time this film was made Ruby Dee was very convincing at the age of 39. The film itself is mostly a stagebound,broadly acted about racism in the South and financial chicanery,since this movie was made in 1963 which gives the setting for the tone of bigotry here in the height of the civil rights movement of that period. Davis' play would later turned into the musical "Purlie!",which ran on Broadway and starred Ben Vereen and Sherman Hemsley. But getting back to the movie per se,since the reason it hasn't been seen in years is because of some of racist commentary and so forth. It has finally come to DVD for the first time in years.

What makes this movie stand out is the performances which are absolutely brilliant beyond compare. Its features a cast of who's who here which includes the hilarious Godfrey Cambridge and Sorrell Brooke as a died in the wool Southern Gentleman. Sorrell Brooke is better known for playing Southern type characters mainly in the role of Boss Hogg on the series "The Dukes Of Hazzard". It also features here the film debut of actor Alan Alda since this was his first feature film as one of the Southern aristocrats. The film would be a steppingstone for Alda,whom would go on to bigger and better things,and this would be long before anyone heard of the word MASH.

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Release Date:

23 September 1963 (USA) See more »

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The Man from C.O.T.T.O.N. See more »


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$200,000 (estimated)
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