Way Down South (film)

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Way Down South
Directed by Leslie Goodwins
Bernard Vorhaus
Produced by Sol Lesser
Written by Clarence Muse
Langston Hughes
Starring Bobby Breen
Alan Mowbray
Music by Victor Young (uncredited)
Sol Lesser Productions
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • July 21, 1939 (1939-07-21)
Running time
61-63 minutes
Country United States
Language English

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.[1]


In pre-Civil War Louisiana in 1854, 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.



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