Lady From Louisiana (1941)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Drama  |   Release Date - Apr 22, 1941 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 84 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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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.