Way Down South (film)
|Way Down South|
|Directed by||Leslie Goodwins
|Produced by||Sol Lesser|
|Written by||Clarence Muse
|Music by||Victor Young (uncredited)|
Sol Lesser Productions
|Distributed by||RKO Radio Pictures|
|Running time||61-63 minutes|
Way Down South (1939) is an American musical film directed by Leslie Goodwins and Bernard Vorhaus, and produced by Sol Lesser. It was written by Clarence Muse, who also acted in the film, and Langston Hughes. Victor Young was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Music, Scoring.
In pre-Civil War Louisiana, young Timothy Reid Jr. (Breen) is orphaned. He inherits a plantation and its well-cared-for slaves. However, lawyer Martin Dill (Maxwell) is made the executor for the minor. Dill plots to sell off the slaves and flee to Paris with the proceeds. Timothy is befriended by Jacques Bouton (Mowbray), who persuades Judge Louis Ravenal (Greig) to look into the matter and save the day.
- Bobby Breen as Timothy Reid Jr.
- Alan Mowbray as Jacques Bouton
- Ralph Morgan as Timothy Reid Sr.
- Steffi Duna as Pauline Dubini
- Clarence Muse as Uncle Caton
- Sally Blane as Claire Bouton
- Edwin Maxwell as Martin Dill
- Charles Middleton as Cass
- Robert Greig as Judge Louis Ravenal
- Lillian Yarbo as Janie
- Matthew Beard as Gumbo (as Stymie Beard)
- Hall Johnson Choir as Musical Ensemble
- Way Down South at the American Film Institute Catalog
- Way Down South at the Internet Movie Database
- Way Down South at the TCM Movie Database
- Way Down South at AllMovie
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