Dixiana (film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Luther Reed
Written by Anne Caldwell (story)
Luther Reed (script)
Starring Bebe Daniels
Everett Marshall
Wheeler & Woolsey
Joseph Cawthorn
Jobyna Howland
Ralf Harolde
Bill "Bojangles" Robinson
Music by Max Steiner
Cinematography J. Roy Hunt
Studio RKO Radio Pictures
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release dates August 1, 1930 (1930-08-01)
Running time 100 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $747,000[1]
Box office $780,000[1]

Dixiana (1930) is a lavish American musical film directed by Luther Reed and produced and distributed by RKO Radio Pictures. The final third of the picture was photographed in Technicolor. The film stars Bebe Daniels, Everett Marshall, Bert Wheeler, Robert Woolsey, Joseph Cawthorn, Jobyna Howland, Ralf Harolde and Bill "Bojangles" Robinson (in his film debut). The script was adapted by Luther Reed from a story by Anne Caldwell. The Technicolor sequences were considered lost for years, but were re-discovered in 1988 and subsequently included in the restored DVD. In 1958, the film entered the public domain (in the USA) due to the claimants failure to renew its copyright registration in the 28th year after publication.[2]

This is the film on which famous composer Max Steiner got his first screen credit. Additionally, it was Wheeler & Woolsey's third film; however, as they were not yet an official "team," they were still billed separately.


The film tells the story of a circus performer who falls in love with the son of a plantation owner in antebellum New Orleans. When the young man's stepmother objects to the wedding, the young couple has to decide if they can make their relationship work.



Reviewer Mordant Hall wrote of the singing, "...one wishes there was more of it and less of the somewhat futile attempt at a story," noted that Bill Robinson "..gives an excellent exhibition of tap dancing, which won a genuine round of applause," and concluded, "The early glimpses of the circus theatre ... lead one to expect more than one is apt to get out of this production." [3]

The film lost an estimated $300,000.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Richard Jewel, 'RKO Film Grosses: 1931-1951', Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television, Vol 14 No 1, 1994 p57
  2. ^ Pierce, David (June 2007). "Forgotten Faces: Why Some of Our Cinema Heritage Is Part of the Public Domain". Film History: An International Journal 19 (2): 125–43. doi:10.2979/FIL.2007.19.2.125. ISSN 0892-2160. JSTOR 25165419. OCLC 15122313. 
  3. ^ Mordant Hall (September 5, 1930). "The Screen: Dixiana (1930)". New York Times. 

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