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Dixiana
Director: Luther Reed (Dir)
Release Date:   1 Aug 1930
Duration (in mins):   100
Duration (in feet):   8,908
Duration (in reels):   12
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Cast:   Bebe Daniels (Dixiana)  
    Everett Marshall (Carl Van Horn)  
    Bert Wheeler (Peewee)  
    Robert Woolsey (Ginger)  
    Joseph Cawthorn (Cornelius Van Horn)  
    Jobyna Howland (Mrs. Van Horn)  
    Dorothy Lee (Poppy)  
    Ralf Harolde (Royal Montague)  
    Edward Chandler (Blondell)  
    George Herman (Contortionist)  
    Raymond Maurel (Cayetano)  
    Bruce Covington (Company porter)  
    Bill Robinson (Specialty dancer)  
    Eugene Jackson (Cupid)  

Summary: In New Orleans in the 1840's, Dixiana, a singer and dancer, is the captivating star of the Cayetano Circus Theatre, a favorite spot of the southern aristocracy, and is sought by Royal Montague, a powerful southern gambler. She falls in love with Carl Van Horn, scion of a wealthy southern family, and agrees to forsake her career to marry him. Taking with her Peewee and Ginger, her faithful circus friends, she goes with Carl to visit the elder Van Horns on their Louisiana plantation. A great ball is held in her honor, but her friends divulge the secret that she is a circus performer and Mrs. Van Horn forces their departure. Refused reemployment by Cayetano, the trio takes work at Montague's gambling establishment, and Dixiana becomes instrumental in Montague's plan to ruin Carl financially. She is made Queen of the Mardi Gras but is abducted by Montague, whom Carl challenges to a duel. Dixiana, after detaining Carl, disguises herself and goes to duel in his stead and to expose Montague's treachery. Later, the lovers are reconciled. 

Production Company: RKO Productions, Inc.  
Distribution Company: RKO Productions, Inc.  
Director: Luther Reed (Dir)
  Frederick Fleck (Asst dir)
Producer: William Le Baron (Prod)
Writer: Luther Reed (Adpt)
  Anne Caldwell (Orig story)
Photography: Roy Hunt (Dir of photog)
Art Direction: Max Rée (Art dir)
Music: Victor Baravalle (Mus dir)
  Max Steiner (Orch arr)
Sound: Hugh McDowell (Rec eng)
Dance: Pearl Eaton (Dance dir)
Country: United States
Language: English

Music:
Songs: "Here's to the Old Days," "A Tear, a Kiss, a Smile," "My One Ambition Is You," "A Lady Loved a Soldier," "Mr. and Mrs. Sippi" and "Guiding Star," words by Anne Caldwell, music by Harry Tierney; "Dixiana," words by Benny Davis, music by Harry Tierney.
Composer: Anne Caldwell
  Benny Davis
  Harry Tierney
Source Text:
Authors: Anne Caldwell
  Harry Tierney

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
RKO Productions, Inc. 16/8/1930 dd/mm/yyyy LP1530

Physical Properties: Sd: RCA Photophone
  b&w with col seq: Technicolor

 
Genre: Musical
Sub-Genre: Historical
 
Subjects (Major): Aristocrats
  Circuses
  Dancers
  Duels
  Gamblers
  Louisiana
  Mardi Gras
  New Orleans (LA)
  Plantations
  Singers

Note: Dixiana film marked the feature film debut of opera singer Everett Marshall. His only other feature film was the 1935 Warner Bros. picture I Live for Love (see entry below). 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   7 Sep 1930.   
New York Times   5 Sep 1930   p. 21.
Variety   10 Sep 1930   p. 17.

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