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According to a studio time-table in the 6 Oct 1927 Hollywood Vagabond, the film, under the working title Louisiana, was currently in ... More Less

According to a studio time-table in the 6 Oct 1927 Hollywood Vagabond, the film, under the working title Louisiana, was currently in production. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
1 Jan 1928.
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Hollywood Vagabond
6 Oct 1927
p. 6.
Moving Picture World
25 Jun 1927.
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New York Times
26 Dec 1927
p. 16.
Variety
28 Dec 1927
p. 18.
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LITERARY
Based on the novel The Code of Victor Jallot by Edward Childs Carpenter (Philadelphia, 1907).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Louisiana
Release Date:
18 December 1927
Copyright Claimant:
First National Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
12 December 1927
Copyright Number:
LP24753
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
7,388
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Antoinette Frobelle, reigning belle of the South, is accused of having Negro ancestry and is sold as a slave to Victor Jallot, a young adventurer. He frees her, makes Captain Remy confess to his responsibility for the lie about her parentage, and then weds the girl. In 1808, after Congress passes a law against the importation of slaves into the U.S., slave-running or smuggling, becomes a frequent practice especially along the Louisiana coast. Victor Jallot, a penniless Creole aristocrat, and his black servant Poupet arrive at an old inn near New Orleans, which serves as a rendezvous point for smugglers. In a card game, Victor acquires the deed to an establishment which he is led to believe is a fencing academy. That night, Victor meets Antoinette Frobelle, the daughter of a New Orleans ship merchant, and carries her across a muddy street, to the displeasure of her companion, Creole dandy Jean Delicado. Victor soon discovers that the "academy" is really an abandoned barber shop, where fencing is also taught. Nevertheless, Victor and Poupet go into business as a fencing teacher and assistant. At a café, after Antoinette invites Victor to join her at her table, Delicado contends he is only a barber and she insults Victor. Although she later tries to apologize, he spurns her. When Antoinette's father Louis cannot repay money he has used that belongs to slave runner Captain Remy, the captain confronts him with a charge that Antoinette is really an octoroon, and not his daughter. Louis is unable to refute Remy's information, and Antoinette is summarily placed on the auction block with slaves. Victor, having pawned his jewels, buys her, then gives her the ... +


Antoinette Frobelle, reigning belle of the South, is accused of having Negro ancestry and is sold as a slave to Victor Jallot, a young adventurer. He frees her, makes Captain Remy confess to his responsibility for the lie about her parentage, and then weds the girl. In 1808, after Congress passes a law against the importation of slaves into the U.S., slave-running or smuggling, becomes a frequent practice especially along the Louisiana coast. Victor Jallot, a penniless Creole aristocrat, and his black servant Poupet arrive at an old inn near New Orleans, which serves as a rendezvous point for smugglers. In a card game, Victor acquires the deed to an establishment which he is led to believe is a fencing academy. That night, Victor meets Antoinette Frobelle, the daughter of a New Orleans ship merchant, and carries her across a muddy street, to the displeasure of her companion, Creole dandy Jean Delicado. Victor soon discovers that the "academy" is really an abandoned barber shop, where fencing is also taught. Nevertheless, Victor and Poupet go into business as a fencing teacher and assistant. At a café, after Antoinette invites Victor to join her at her table, Delicado contends he is only a barber and she insults Victor. Although she later tries to apologize, he spurns her. When Antoinette's father Louis cannot repay money he has used that belongs to slave runner Captain Remy, the captain confronts him with a charge that Antoinette is really an octoroon, and not his daughter. Louis is unable to refute Remy's information, and Antoinette is summarily placed on the auction block with slaves. Victor, having pawned his jewels, buys her, then gives her the assignment and sets her free. Although she goes off with Louis, she later returns to Victor, saying she cannot accept her freedom. Victor tells her he believes that she is fully white and confesses he loves her. They are interrupted as Remy and Delicado enter the barber shop intoxicated. As Victor begins to shave Remy, he threatens to slit his throat with his razor unless he tells the truth about Antoinette, and Remy confesses that she is white and of aristocratic birth. The Creoles then beat Remy for his effrontery, and Antoinette hugs Victor, telling him she'll be his slave forever. +

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