South of Dixie (1944)
Director: Jean Yarbrough
Writer(s): Sam Coslow, Clyde Bruckman
Starring: Anne Gwynne, David Bruce, Jerome Cowan, Ella Mae Morse, Joe Sawyer, Samuel S. Hinds, Eddie Acuff, Marie Harmon, Oscar O’Shea, Louise Beavers, Pierre Watkin, Bill Bivens, Marie Blake, Rita Gould, Edward Keane, Mantan Moreland, Ray Walker, Eddie Bruce, Jack Mulhall, Bobby Brooks, Bobby Brooks Quartet, Lester Cole, The Debutantes, The Charmers, Jack Gardner, Joe Haworth, Warren Jackson, Donald Kerr, Iris Lancaster, Sherrill Luke, Joyce Miller, Charles Stantz
Synopsis: To save their music publishing firm from bankruptcy, Bll “Brains’ Watson creates a colorful life-story about his partner, Danny Lee, representing him as a descendant of Louisiana’s famous Josh Lee family and rightful poet laureate if Dixieland. Bill sells the movie rights to Apex Pictures for $100,000, and hires Dixie Hollister, a southern girl who has been singing in a new York nightclub, to help Danny acquire a Southern accent and manners. In New Orleans, Danny receives an honorary music degree, and soon finds himself in a romance with both Annabelle Hatcher and Barbara Ann Morgan, daughter of the South’s most distinguished citizen, Colonel Morgan. But Danny has fallen in love with Dixie.
Release Date: June 23, 1944 (USA) | Length: 61 min | Genre: Comedy, Music | Certificate: Approved
Note: I didn’t find a trailer or clip from this film. I’m not sure if it’s lost. Austin Casey has some clips of The Bobby Brooks Quartet (who he calls the Junior Ink Spots) singing various songs, including one of the songs from the film “Darkness On The Delta” (shown above). According to Austin “Bobby Brooks is the only one shown in the pictures and movies that is actually singing. The others you see are just actors”.