Way Down South (1939)

62-63 mins | Drama | 21 July 1939

Full page view
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) ... More Less

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. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
19 Jul 39
p. 3.
Film Daily
25 Jul 39
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Mar 39
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Apr 39
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Apr 39
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
10 May 39
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
12 May 39
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
20 May 39
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Jul 39
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
21 Jul 39
p. 5.
Motion Picture Herald
3 Jun 39
p. 35.
Motion Picture Herald
22 Jul 39
p. 52.
Variety
23 Aug 39
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.
DETAILS
Release Date:
21 July 1939
Production Date:
26 April--19 May 1939
Copyright Claimant:
Bobby Breen Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
21 July 1939
Copyright Number:
LP9176
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
62-63
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
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 ... +


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. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Historical, with songs


Subject

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

TOP SEARCHES

CASABLANCA

During World War II, Casablanca, Morocco is a waiting point for throngs of desperate refugees fleeing Nazi-occupied Europe. Exit visas, which are necessary to leave the country, are at ... >>

CITIZEN KANE

Seventy-year-old newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane dies in his palatial Florida home, Xanadu, after uttering the single word “Rosebud.” While watching a newsreel summarizing the years during which Kane ... >>

REAR WINDOW

Laid up with a broken leg during the height of summer, renowned New York magazine photographer L. B. “Jeff” Jeffries enters his last week of home confinement, bored and ... >>

RAGING BULL

In 1941, at a boxing match in Cleveland, Ohio, pandemonium breaks out when Jake La Motta, an up-and-coming young boxer, loses a decision to Jimmy Reeves, suffering his first ... >>

CITY LIGHTS

At an outdoor dedication ceremony, a tramp is discovered sleeping in the arms of a statue as it is being unveiled before a crowd. He is chased into ... >>

The American Film Institute is grateful to Sir Paul Getty KBE and the Sir Paul Getty KBE Estate for their dedication to the art of the moving image and their support for the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and without whose support AFI would not have been able to achieve this historical landmark in this epic scholarly endeavor.