GenreCrime, Music Produced bySol Lesser LanguageEnglish
Bernard Vorhaus WriterClarence Muse, Langston Hughes Release dateJuly 21, 1939 (1939-07-21) DirectorsBernard Vorhaus, Leslie Goodwins CastBobby Breen (Timothy Reed Jr.), Alan Mowbray (Jacques Bouton), Ralph Morgan (Timothy Reed Sr.), Steffi Duna (Pauline Dubini), Clarence Muse (Uncle Caton), Sally Blane (Claire Bouton) Similar moviesDjango Unchained, Mississippi Mermaid, The Letter, South Pacific, 12 Years a Slave, Interview with the Vampire
Way down south
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 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.