Gentleman From Dixie (September 2, 1941)
Released on September 2, 1941: An innocent ex-con tries to build a new life, but the murderer who framed him tries to tear apart his brother's family over a champion thoroughbred horse.
Directed by Albert Herman
Written by Fred Myton.
The Actors: Jack La Rue (Thad Terrell), Marian Marsh (Margaret Terrell), Clarence Muse (Jupe), Mary Ruth (Betty Jean Terrell), Robert Kellard (Lance Terrell), John Holland (Matthew Brawley), Lillian Randolph (Brawley), John Elliott (prosecutor), Herbert Rawlinson (prison warden), I. Stanford Jolley (Kirkland), Joe Hernandez (race announcer), Phyllis Barry (secretary), Clarence Muse Singers (singers).
Horse of another color
A killer masquerading as a fine Southern gentleman, and the man who served time in prison for that murder, a little girl who loves horses and plays piano like a maestro, and an evil step-mother who is fun to hate. A thoroughbred horse farm with a champion horse that must win the big race. Jack La Rue, famous for playing gangsters, is the innocent ex-con in this one, and when he gets out of jail and goes back to the family horse farm he discovers that his brother has lost his wife and married another woman who doesn't like La Rue at all. And the real murderer is a fine southern gentleman who will lie, cheat and steal to get to the top. Of course, the murderer and Jack La Rue will meet again, and the poo will hit the fan before all is done. All of the elements of a fine drama . . . . but while you enjoy this gripping drama, keep an eye and an ear out for the African-American head of the hired hands, Clarence Muse, as Jupe. Clarence Muse had a law degree from Dickerson University, but singing and acting was his lifelong passion. He was the first African-American to star in a major Hollywood motion picture, and has 155 movies to his credit. He was the first African-American to direct a Broadway show, two years after making this motion picture. In this movie he leads the African-American ranch hands in several amazing folk songs that are a priceless part of Southern history. The actors/singers are billed as the Clarence Muse Singers, but this is the only motion picture that they appear in. His last motion picture, The Black Stallion, opened four days after his death in 1979. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show.
Clarence Muse in Gentleman from Dixie
Jack La Rue in Gentleman from Dixie
Clarence Muse and Jack La Rue
Clarence Muse 1941
The Clarence Muse Singers in Gentleman from Dixie
Clarence Muse singing an old southern folk song
Herbert Rawlinson as the prison warden
Herbert Rawlinson talks to Jack La Rue
I. Stanford Jolley and John Holland
I. Stanford Jolley and John Holland discuss the murder
I. Stanford Jolley at the trial
Jack La Rue gets released from prison by Herbert Rawlinson
Jack La Rue and I. Stanford Jolley
Jack La Rue as Thaddius Terrell
Jack La Rue with Mist A Shot, as the race horse Jumping Jack
John Hernandez is the race announcer in Gentleman from Dixie
John Elliott prosecutes the horse as Jack La Rue looks on
John Holland and Marian Marsh in Gentleman from Dixie
John Holland wants Marian Marsh
Lillian Randolph as Aunt Eppie
Marian Marsh and Robert Kellard
Marian Marsh in Gentleman from Dixie
Mary Ruth in Gentleman from Dixie
Mary Ruth playing the piano
Robert Kellard, Marian Marsh and Jack La Rue
Robert Kellard, Mary Ruth and Marian Marsh in Gentleman from Dixie