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Director  Paul Sloane
Distributor  20th Century Fox
Country  United States
6.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, Musical
Duration  
Language  English
Release date  May 1929 (1929-05)
Writer  Walter Weems (story), Walter Weems (scenario and dialogue)
Genres  Musical, Drama, Black-and-white, Musical Drama
Cast  Stepin Fetchit, Clarence Muse, Eugene Jackson
Similar movies  Stand Up and Cheer! (1934), Hallelujah! (1929), Get Hep to Love (1942), Stepin Fetchit appears in Hearts in Dixie and Show Boat, Rudderless (2014)

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.

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Synopsis

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. 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.

Cast

  • Stepin Fetchit: Gummy
  • Clarence Muse: Nappus
  • Eugene Jackson: Chinquapin
  • Bernice Pilot: Chloe
  • Clifford Ingram: Rammey
  • Mildred Washington: Trallia
  • Zack Williams: Deacon
  • Gertrude Howard: Emmy
  • Dorothy Morrison: Melia
  • Vivian Smith: Violet
  • A.C.H. Billbrew: Voodoo Woman
  • Richard Carlyle: White Doctor
  • The Billbrew Chorus
  • References

    Hearts in Dixie Wikipedia


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