Way Down South (film)

Way Down South is a 1939 American musical film directed by Leslie Goodwins and Bernard Vorhaus, and produced by Sol Lesser. It was written by Clarence Muse, who also acted in the film, and Langston Hughes. Victor Young was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Music, Scoring.[1]

Way Down South
Directed byLeslie Goodwins
Bernard Vorhaus
Written byClarence Muse
Langston Hughes
Produced bySol Lesser
StarringBobby Breen
Alan Mowbray
CinematographyCharles Edgar Schoenbaum
Edited byArthur Hilton
Music byVictor Young (uncredited)
Sol Lesser Productions
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • July 21, 1939 (1939-07-21)
Running time
61 minutes
CountryUnited States


In pre-Civil War Louisiana in 1854, young Timothy Reid Jr. (Breen) is orphaned. He inherits a plantation and its well-cared-for slaves. However, lawyer Martin Dill (Maxwell) is made the executor for the minor. Dill plots to sell off the slaves and flee to Paris with the proceeds. Timothy is befriended by Jacques Bouton (Mowbray), who persuades Judge Louis Ravenal (Greig) to look into the matter and save the day.



  1. ^ "Victor Young". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved February 20, 2013.

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