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Gentleman from Dixie (1941)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Music | 2 September 1941 (USA)
A man is released from prison after serving time for a murder he didn't commit. He goes to live with his brother and his family on their Louisiana ranch, where they're raising horses to compete in an important race.


Albert Herman (as Al Herman)


Fred Myton (original story and screenplay)


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Complete credited cast:
Jack La Rue ... Thad Terrill
Marian Marsh ... Margaret Terrill
Clarence Muse ... Jupe
Mary Ruth Mary Ruth ... Betty Jean Terrill
Robert Kellard ... Lance Terrill
John Holland ... Brawley
Lillian Randolph ... Aunt Eppie
John Elliott ... Prosecutor
Herbert Rawlinson ... Prison Warden
I. Stanford Jolley ... Kirkland
Joe Hernandez Joe Hernandez ... Race Announcer (Voice of Santa Anita)
Phyllis Barry ... Secretary
Clarence Muse Singers Clarence Muse Singers ... Singers (as The Clarence Muse Singers)
Mist-a-Shot the Horse Mist-a-Shot the Horse ... Mist-a-Shot


Maintaining his innocence of the crime of murder for which he was sent to prison, Thad Terrill (Jack La Rue) is released from the penitentiary after serving his term, and returns to the southern plantation of his brother Lance (Robert Kellard). The latter's second wife, Margaret (Marian Marsh), resents the presence of the ex-convict, but he remains as the hired hand on the farm and becomes the devoted friend of his brother's eight-year-old daughter, Betty Jean (Mary Ruth). He helps the girl in rearing a sickly colt and transforming it into a record-breaking racehorse. Lance has promised to sell the horse to the ruthless Brawley ('John Holland (I))), owner of a racing stable.he insists on going through with the deal in spite of Betty's unhappiness. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The delightful story of a youngster who taught a gentleman with a shady past and a lady with a hot temper how to behave! See more »


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Release Date:

2 September 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lil' Louisiana Belle See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The earliest documented telecast of this film in the New York City area occurred Monday 26 June 1944 on pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). Post-WWII television viewers got their first look at it in New York City Sunday 20 June 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Deroit Tuesday 4 January 1949 on WJBK (Channel 2), and in Los Angeles Sunday 10 April 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5). See more »


Prelude A Major"
Music by Frédéric Chopin (uncredited)
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Same Old Same Old, But At Least Clarence Muse Sings
20 August 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Jack La Rue has had his murder sentenced commuted for good behavior. Actually, he never killed the man; that was done by someone he wants to look for. First, though, he wants to return to the old plantation, now owned by his sympathetic brother, Robert Kellard. His second wife, Marian Marsh, doesn't want a murderer in the house, so La Rue goes to work for them as a stable man. His niece, Mary Ruth, doesn't care, and her stepmother is always telling her to stop playing in the dirt. When the horse her father gave to Mary Ruth wins a race, I. Stanford Jolley wants to buy it. Kellard doesn't wish to but Miss Marsh insists.

And so forth and so forth. As is often the case, the best part of this movie is Clarence Muse, who plays a long-time employee, and who goes around singing spirituals and Stephen Foster songs, backed by the "Clarence Muse Singers." I never heard of them before, they don't have any other screen credits, and this is the only reference I can quickly find to them.

It's written by Fred Myton and directed by Albert Herman, two names that assure you that you aren't looking at an immortal classic. Still, it's a pleasant piece of sentimental nonsense that must have played well in the Whites-Only theaters down south.

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