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10-09-2008, 11:31 PM
Has anyone ever seen this movie? It was played at the opening night at the Library of Congress' new A/V conservation center in Culpeper. I imagine the story was pretty cheesy, but I'll bet the props were the real things.
Under Southern Stars (Warner Bros, 1937). Directed by Nick Grinde. With Fred Lawrence (George Wilbert), Jane Bryan (Arelene), Fritz Leiber (Stonewall Jackson), Wayne Morris (Dallas), Pierre Watkin (Robert E. Lee). 35mm, black & white, 20 minutes.
Under Southern Stars (1937)
Forrest Barnes (screenplay)
Forrest Barnes (story)
20 February 1937 (USA) more
Set in the springtime of 1863 in Chancellorsville, Virginia during the War Between the States
Glorious Technicolor....and "**** those Yankees!" more
(Complete credited cast)
Fred Lawrence ... George Wilbert
Jane Bryan ... Arlene
Fritz Leiber ... Stonewall Jackson
John Sheehan ... Number Thirteen
Wayne Morris ... Dallas
Pierre Watkin ... Robert E. Lee
Olive Tell ... Mrs. Jackson
Myrtle Stedman ... Arlene's Mother
Harry Davenport ... Party Guest
Stuart Holmes ... Confederate Officer
Dennis Moore ... Captain
Paul Panzer ... Confederate Officer
"This is one of the more bizarre of Warner Brothes' surprisingly lavish "Historical" two reeler's. This is part biopic (which tries to reclaim "Stonewall" Jackson as an all American hero ...and glorify General Lee as most films of this period do), part musical romance (though the theme song is totally anachronistic... and pretty bad...and the "Romance" is truncated to the point of anemia). This is, nonetheless, fascinating for the large scale production values, lavish action scenes, and interesting use of talent (why is wonderful Harry Davenport in the opening scene only? And why didn't handsome and appealing Wayne Morriss ever move from early bits like the one he has here to super-stardom like he should have?). As history lesson...weird and wacky...as curio of the Studio moving toward the Technicolor glories of "The Adventures Of Robin Hood"...invaluable."
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