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Director: William Wyler - asst Robert Ross - 2nd asst Art Lueker
Year: 1938
Release info: premiere in New York on Mar. 10, 1938 - wide release Mar. 26, 1938
Genre: drama
Click to see Cast:

Betty Davis - Julie Marsden

Henry Fonda - Preston Dillard

George Brent - Buck Cantrell

Margaret Lindsay - Amy Bradford Dillard

Donald Crisp - Dr. Livingstone

Fay Bainter - Aunt Belle

Richard Cromwell - Ted Dillard

Henry O'Neill - Gen. Bogardus

Spring Byington - Mrs. Kendrick

John Litel - Jean La Cour

Gordon Oliver - Dick Allen

Janet Shaw - Molly Allen

Theresa Harris - Zette

Margaret Early - Stephanie Kendrick

Irving Pichel - Huger

Eddie Anderson - Gros Bat

Stymie Beard - Ti Bat

Lou Paton - Uncle Cato

George Renavent - De Lautrec

Georgia Caine - Mrs. Petion

Fred Lawrence - Bob

Ann Codee - Madame Poulard

Jacque Vanaire - Durette

Daisy Bufford - black flower girl

Jesse A. Graves - black servant

Frederick Burton - first director

Edward McWade - second director

Frank Darien - bookkeeper

Suzanne Dulier - midinette

John Harron - Jenkins

Lucky Hurlic - Erronens

Deloris Hurlic - Errata

Trevor Bardette - sheriff

Davison Clarke - deputy sheriff

George Guhl - fugitive planter

Maurice Brierre - drunk

Tony Paton - drunk

Jack Norton - drunk

Alan Bridge - man with gun

Franco Corsaro

Roger Volmy

Louis Mercier

George Sorel

Vic Demoruelle

Louis La Bey


Synopsis: from AFI

In New Orleans, in 1850, Julie Marsden, a strong-willed Southern belle, is engaged to marry Preston Dillard, a prominent New Orleans banker with an equally strong mind. Their struggle for supremacy in the relationship comes to a head the night of a traditional ball to which unmarried women are expected to wear white, but Julie defiantly insists on wearing red. Pres is shocked, but ultimately agrees to escort her. At the ball, Julie begins to regret her decision, but Pres forces her to dance, and afterward ends their engagement. In disbelief, Julie waits for Pres to apologize, but he stands his ground, leaving for the North on business. When he returns, she humbles herself in front of him, begging for forgiveness, but it is too late. Pres has married a Yankee, Amy Bradford, and asks Julie to accept his wife without bitterness. The growing threat of yellow fever in New Orleans has forced Julie and her Aunt Belle to move to their country plantation. There they entertain the Dillards, Pres's younger brother Ted, and one of Julie's persistent suitors, the rebellious Buck Cantrell. At dinner, Pres and Buck argue politics, but Pres is called to town and it is Ted who finishes the argument in a duel with Buck. Buck is killed, and Pres is struck down with fever. Julie sneaks through the fever line with the help of her servant, Gros Bat. In town, Dr. Livingstone tells Julie that Pres must go to the leper colony for quarantine. Amy, accompanied by Ted and Aunt Belle, follows Julie, and as Pres's wife, she insists on attending to him. In a final confrontation, Julie convinces Amy that her ignorance of Southern ways means certain death for them both. Amy acquiesces, and Julie rides into the night at Pres's side.

Production Company: William Wyler Production - Warner Bros.
Distribution: Warner Bros. for original distribution and 1948 rerelease. 1956 rerelease distributed by Dominant Pictures
Producer: Hal B. Wallis - Henry Blanke
Writer: Clements Ripley - Abem Finkel - John Huston - Lou Edelman - Robert Buckner
Photography: Ernest Hall - Al Roberts - Bud Weiler
Film Editor: Warren Low
Makeup: Margaret Donovan - H. Lierley - Bert Sutch - K. Hurlinger - Carl Axzelle
Sound: Robert B. Lee - B. Berry - Frank Weixel - J. Jensen
Music: Leo F. Forbstein - Max Steiner
Costumes: Orry-Kelly - Bert Soter - Ida Greenfield
Notes: primary filming done in California with secondary and scenery shots in New Orleans and Lake Charles.

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Other Information: length - 12 reels - 103 minutes




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