Lady from Louisiana

Overview

John Wayne goes up against the lottery racket, 1880 Louisiana-style, in this passable time-killer from Republic Pictures. Arriving from New England to look into the Louisiana lottery on behalf of uplifter Blanche Brunot Helen Westley, attorney John Reynolds Wayne falls in love with sultry Julie Mirbeau Osa Munson, who attempts to persuade him that her father's gaming business is on the up and up. When a New Orleans restaurateur, Gaston Shimen Ruskin, is found murdered, Reynolds begins to suspect that General ...
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Overview

John Wayne goes up against the lottery racket, 1880 Louisiana-style, in this passable time-killer from Republic Pictures. Arriving from New England to look into the Louisiana lottery on behalf of uplifter Blanche Brunot Helen Westley, attorney John Reynolds Wayne falls in love with sultry Julie Mirbeau Osa Munson, who attempts to persuade him that her father's gaming business is on the up and up. When a New Orleans restaurateur, Gaston Shimen Ruskin, is found murdered, Reynolds begins to suspect that General Mirbeau's Henry Stephenson gang is behind the killing. To meet the attorney halfway, Mirbeau fires his chief henchman, Blackie Ray Middleton, but is himself killed by one of Blackie's men, Cuffy Brown Jack Pennick. Reynolds, who has been appointed special city attorney, pays his respect to Julie, but the angry girl accuses him of indirectly causing the death of her father and then flaunts her engagement to Blackie. Said engagement, however, suffers a fatal blow when Julie finds her fiancé in the arms of gambling hall hostess Pearl Jacqueline Dalya. Taking the stand in court against the racket, Julie's testimony is interrupted when a rainstorm sweeps the area, breaking a levee. While pursuing a fleeing Blackie, Reynolds orders a steamship to block the hole in the levee, a plan that ultimately saves New Orleans. Having survived the potential disaster, Julie leaves the lottery racket behind and agrees to become Mrs. Reynolds.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
Long in production, Lady From Louisiana was Republic Pictures' most expensive release to date and every penny spent shows up on the screen. The sets are impressive, the Victorian costumes seemingly authentic to detail, and John Wayne and Ona Munson didn't come cheap, either. Unfortunately, the stars lack chemistry and the story -- concocted by no less than five writers -- is cliché-ridden to the point where anyone who has ever watched a movie can predict the outcome. A climax of near Biblical proportion has buildings collapsing around the ears of their corrupt inhabitants and the villains are literally swept away in a maelstrom of flood-water. Happily, the pure of heart survive, even Miss Munson, whose gambling queen naturally retains her innocence throughout.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/28/2013
  • UPC: 887090063104
  • Original Release: 1941
  • Rating:

  • Source: Olive Films
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Academy Aperture (1.37:1)
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:23:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 24,947

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Wayne John Reynolds
Ona Munson Julie Mirbeau
Ray Middleton Blackie Williams
Henry Stephenson Gen. Mirbeau
Helen Westley Mrs. Brunot
Jack Pennick Cuffy
Dorothy Dandridge Felice
Shimen Ruskin Gaston
Jacqueline Dalya Pearl
Paul Scardon Judge Wilson
Maj. James H. MacNamara Sen. Cassidy
James C. Morton Littlefield
Maurice Costello Edwards
Stanley Blystone
Al Bridge
Lane Chandler
Kid Chissel
Virginia Farmer
Karl Hackett
Howard Hickman
Frank Jaquet
Bob Kortman
Ethan Laidlaw
George Lloyd
Ted Mapes
Osa Massen
Hugh Prosser
Technical Credits
Bernard Vorhaus Director, Associate Producer
Vera Caspary Screenwriter
Guy Endore Screenwriter
Francis Edwards Faragoh Original Story
Cy Feuer Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Michael Hogan Screenwriter
Edward James Original Story
John Victor Mackay Art Director
Edward Mann Editor
Jack A. Marta Cinematographer
Murray Seldeen Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Lady from Louisiana
1. Chapter I [9:00]
2. Chapter II [14:23]
3. Chapter III [6:36]
4. Chapter IV [8:20]
5. Chapter V [15:13]
6. Chapter VI [7:31]
7. Chapter VII [9:42]
8. Chapter VIII [12:06]
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