Hearts in Dixie

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Hearts In Dixie
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Directed byPaul Sloane
Written byWalter Weems
StarringStepin Fetchit
Clarence Muse
Eugene Jackson
Bernice Pilot
Distributed byFox Film Corporation
Release date
  • May 1929 (1929-05)
Running time
71 minutes
CountryUnited States

Hearts in Dixie (1929) starring Stepin Fetchit was one of the first all-"talkie", big-studio production to boast a predominantly African-American cast. A musical, the film celebrates African-American music and dance. It was released by Fox Film Corporation just months before the release of Hallelujah!, another all-black musical by competitor Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The director of Hearts in Dixie was Paul Sloane. Walter Weems wrote the screenplay, and William Fox was producer.[1]


Hearts in Dixie unfolds as a series of sketches of life among American blacks. It featured characters with dignity, who took action on their own, and who were not slaves.[citation needed] The plot focuses on Grandfather Nappus (Clarence Muse), his daughter, Chloe (Bernice Pilot), her young son, Chinaquapin (Eugene Jackson), and her husband, Gummy (Stepin Fetchit). To make certain his grandson Chinaquapin does not end up like his father or become tainted by the superstitions that dominate the community, the grandfather decides to send the boy away. One particularly tender scene shows Nappus' love for his grandson, whom he sends North for schooling. The film ends with the youngster's departure aboard a riverboat.[2]



  1. ^ Aberjhani & West, Sandra L. (2003). Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance, p. 151. Facts On File.
  2. ^ Langman, Larry. Hollywood's Image of the South: A Century of Southern Films, Greenwood Press, 2001 - ISBN 0-313-31886-7

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