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Dixiana (1930)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 31 October 1930 (Ireland)
In antebellum New Orleans, two men vie for the affections of a beautiful young girl during Mardi Gras.

Director:

Luther Reed

Writers:

Luther Reed (adapted by), Anne Caldwell (dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bebe Daniels ... Dixiana Caldwell
Everett Marshall ... Carl Van Horn
Bert Wheeler ... Peewee
Robert Woolsey ... Ginger Dandy
Joseph Cawthorn ... Cornelius Van Horn - Carl's Father
Jobyna Howland ... Mrs. Birdie Van Horn
Dorothy Lee ... Nanny - Pewee's Girl
Ralf Harolde ... Royal Montague
Bill Robinson ... Specialty Dancer / Plantation Butler
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Storyline

In antebellum New Orleans, two men vie for the affections of a beautiful young girl during Mardi Gras.

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Taglines:

Woman's love...Man's hate...Blazing romance in a city aflame with carnival pleasures! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Passed
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1930 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Az arany lépcső See more »

Filming Locations:

Universal City, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Color:

Black and White | Color (2-strip Technicolor) (last two reels)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Apparently the original copyright was not renewed, and the film fell into public domain; as a result, many VHS and DVD dealers, who eschew copyrighted material, added it to their inventories, but, in most cases, with the last two reels, which were in 2-strip Technicolor, missing. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Cornelius Van Horn - Carl's Father: Hello, son. What are you thinkin' about?
Carl Van Horn: I was just listening to the slaves singing about the river.
Cornelius Van Horn - Carl's Father: I always wondered why they can sing with such enthusiasticness about - water.
Carl Van Horn: Well, that's the romantic old Mississippi.
Cornelius Van Horn - Carl's Father: Ya, it's a great river.
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Featured in The Race to Save 100 Years (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Dixiana
(1930) uncredited)
Music by Harry Tierney
Lyrics by Benny Davis
Sung by Bebe Daniels and chorus
also played as part of the finale
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Dixiana was a nice treat of an old movie musical for this old movie fan
21 December 2012 | by tavmSee all my reviews

All right, putting aside the stereotypical characterizations of Old South slaves not to mention many operatic songs that date this movie today, I rather enjoyed this early talkie musical with the two-strip Technicolor that was used in the final sequence. I mean, I was a little disappointed how little Bert Wheeler & Robert Woolsey were used but when they were on screen, they were quite amusing. And seeing Dorothy Lee & Wheeler sing is always a treat and it was a nice surprise to see Woolsey have his own number here as well. Oh, and for both historical and entertainment purposes, an African-American tap dancer named Bill "Bojangles" Robinson does his thing in his film debut and in that color sequence, to boot! So on that note, Dixiana is a worthy movie to watch if you're interested in these old movies like yours truly. P.S. Though this supposedly takes place in New Orleans (where I only live a 2-hour drive from), I'm guessing this was wholly shot on a studio back lot.


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