Way Down South (1939)

62-63 mins | Drama | 21 July 1939

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HISTORY

According to a news item in HR, Clarence Muse signed a contract for his services as actor, technical adviser and dance director on this film. Another news item in HR adds that the film was shot on location at Providencia Ranch, Universal City, Uplifters Ranch, Santa Monica and Stratton Ranch, Calabasas, all in California. Victor Young was nominated for an Academy Award in the Music (Scoring) category. ...

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According to a news item in HR, Clarence Muse signed a contract for his services as actor, technical adviser and dance director on this film. Another news item in HR adds that the film was shot on location at Providencia Ranch, Universal City, Uplifters Ranch, Santa Monica and Stratton Ranch, Calabasas, all in California. Victor Young was nominated for an Academy Award in the Music (Scoring) category.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
19 Jul 1939
p. 3
Film Daily
25 Jul 1939
p. 8
Hollywood Reporter
30 Mar 1939
p. 4
Hollywood Reporter
12 Apr 1939
p. 5
Hollywood Reporter
27 Apr 1939
p. 12
Hollywood Reporter
10 May 1939
p. 8
Hollywood Reporter
12 May 1939
p. 4
Hollywood Reporter
20 May 1939
p. 5
Hollywood Reporter
19 Jul 1939
p. 3
Motion Picture Daily
21 Jul 1939
p. 5
Motion Picture Herald
3 Jun 1939
p. 35
Motion Picture Herald
22 Jul 1939
p. 52
Variety
23 Aug 1939
p. 14
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig story and scr
Orig story and scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus dir
Vocal arr
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
DANCE
Dance dir
PRODUCTION MISC
Tech adv
SOURCES
SONGS
"Louisiana" and "Good Ground," words and music by Clarence Muse and Langston Hughes.
SONGWRITER/COMPOSER
DETAILS
Release Date:
21 July 1939
Production Date:
26 Apr--19 May 1939
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Bobby Breen Productions, Inc.
21 July 1939
LP9176
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
62-63
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

In pre-Civil War Louisiana, plantation owner Timothy Reid is a generous man who values kindness to his slaves over the pursuit of profit. When Timothy dies in a carriage accident, the executorship to Timothy's nearly bankrupt estate is assigned to unscrupulous attorney Martin Dill. Dill, goaded by his greedy mistress Pauline, decides to sell the slaves and other assets of the plantation and depart for Paris with the proceeds. Meanwhile, Timothy's son Tim, who has inherited his father's good nature, appeals to innkeeper Jacques Bouton for help. Bouton befriends the boy and presents his case to Judge Ravenal. Upon hearing the facts, the judge intervenes to prevent the sale of the slaves, relieves Dill of his power, and thus saves the ...

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In pre-Civil War Louisiana, plantation owner Timothy Reid is a generous man who values kindness to his slaves over the pursuit of profit. When Timothy dies in a carriage accident, the executorship to Timothy's nearly bankrupt estate is assigned to unscrupulous attorney Martin Dill. Dill, goaded by his greedy mistress Pauline, decides to sell the slaves and other assets of the plantation and depart for Paris with the proceeds. Meanwhile, Timothy's son Tim, who has inherited his father's good nature, appeals to innkeeper Jacques Bouton for help. Bouton befriends the boy and presents his case to Judge Ravenal. Upon hearing the facts, the judge intervenes to prevent the sale of the slaves, relieves Dill of his power, and thus saves the plantation.

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GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Historical, with songs


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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