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The 1930 Part-Early-Technicolor Musical Vehicle For The Great Wheeler & Woolsey Comedy Team Starring Bebe Daniels, Premiering Bill "Bojangles" Robinson And Set In Pre-Civil War New Orleans! *Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! (Black/White, Color [2-Strip Technicolor], 1 Hour 40 Minutes.) #Dixiana #WheelerAndWoolsey #BertWheeler #RobertWoolsey #BebeDaniels #BillRobinson #BoJangles #Talkies #Soundies #RKO #Hollywood #ClassicalHollywoodCinema #ClassicalHollywoodNarrative #ClassicHollywoodCinema #GoldenAgeOfHollywood #OldHollywood #SilverScreen #Movies #Film #MotionPictures #Broadway #Stage #Theater #Theatre #Musicals #Vaudeville #Comedy #WheelerNWoolsey #ComedyDuos #AmericanComedy #ComedyFilms #PopIcons #CulturalIcons #AmericanCinema #CinemaOfTheUS #DVD #VideoDownload #MP4 #USBFlashDrive
The comedy team of Wheeler and Woolsey may not be well known now, but back in the day they were bigger than even The Marx Brothers or Laurel and Hardy! This film contains one of their earliest appearances, the very first appearance of the dancing genius Bill "Bojangles" Robinson & starring the beautiful Bebe Daniels as the love interest of two tival gentleman engaged in a life or death struggle to win her affections in antebellum New Orleans during Mardi Gras.
Anne Caldwell (Story), Luther Reed
Bebe Daniels .... Dixiana Caldwell
Everett Marshall .... Carl Van Horn
Bert Wheeler .... Peewee
Robert Woolsey .... Ginger Dandy
Joseph Cawthorn .... Cornelius Van Horn, Carl's Father
Jobyna Howland .... Mrs. Birdie Van Horn
Dorothy Lee .... Nanny, Pewee's Girl
Ralf Harolde .... Royal Montague
Bill Robinson ("Bojangles") .... Specialty Dancer
Eddy Chandler .... Blondell, Montague's Henchman (uncredited)
Bruce Covington .... Colonel Porter (uncredited)
George Herman .... Contortionist (uncredited)
Eugene Jackson .... Cupid, Van Horn Slave (uncredited)
Robert Livingston .... Circus Troupe/Bachelor Party/Plantation Party (uncredited)
Raymond Maurel .... Cayetano, Hippodrome Owner (uncredited)
Dixiana (1930) is a lavish American pre-Code comedy, musical film directed by Luther Reed and produced and distributed by RKO Radio Pictures. The final twenty minutes of the picture were photographed in Technicolor. The film stars Bebe Daniels, Everett Marshall, Bert Wheeler, Robert Woolsey, Joseph Cawthorn, Jobyna Howland, Ralf Harolde, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson (in his film debut) and Dorothy Lee. The script was adapted by Luther Reed from a story by Anne Caldwell. This is the film in which composer Max Steiner received his first screen credit for orchestration. Additionally, it was Wheeler & Woolsey's third film; however, as they were not yet an official "team", they were still billed separately. At the end of 1958, the film entered the public domain in the United States because RKO did not renew its copyright registration in the 28th year after publication. The Technicolor sequences were considered lost for years but were re-discovered in 1988. Reviewer Mordaunt Hall of The New York Times wrote of the singing, "...one wishes there was more of it" and noted that Bill Robinson "...gives an excellent exhibition of tap dancing, which won a genuine round of applause". The film reunited the director and most of the cast of RKO's most successful film of the year before, Rio Rita, but a glut of movie musicals led to the film being one of RKO's biggest disappointments of 1930. The film lost an estimated 300K USD.