''Hearts in Dixie'' (1929) starring Stepin Fetchit was one of the first all-"talkie", big-studio productions to boast a predominantly African-American cast. A musical, the film celebrates African-American music and dance. It was released by Fox Film Corporation just months before the release of ''Hallelujah!'', another all-black musical by competitor Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The director of ''Hearts in Dixie'' was Paul Sloane. Walter Weems wrote the screenplay, and William Fox was producer.


There is no overarching storyline. The film is a series of unconnected scenes celebrating the advent of sound technology in the context of "black music". ''Hearts in Dixie'' unfolds as a series of sketches of life among American blacks. Although the characters are not slaves they are nevertheless racial stereotypes in terms of the contemporary white images of the period. One plot focuses on Grandfather Nappus (Clarence Muse), his daughter, Chloe (Bernice Pilot), her young son, Chinaquapin (Eugene Jackson), and her husband, Gummy (Stepin Fetchit). To make certain his grandson Chinaquapin does not end up like his father or become tainted by the superstitions that dominate the community, the grandfather decides to send the boy away. One particularly tender scene shows Nappus' love for his grandson, whom he sends North for schooling. The film ends with the youngster's departure aboard a riverboat.Langman, Larry. ''Hollywood's Image of the South: A Century of Southern Films'', Greenwood Press, 2001 -


*Stepin Fetchit: Gummy *Clarence Muse: Nappus *Eugene Jackson: Chinquapin *Bernice Pilot: Chloe *Clifford Ingram: Rammey *Mildred Washington: Trallia *Zack Williams: Deacon *Gertrude Howard: Emmy *Dorothy Morrison: Melia *Vivian Smith: Violet *A.C.H. Bilbrew: Voodoo Woman *Richard Carlyle: White Doctor *The Billbrew Chorus


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