Lady from Louisiana

Lady from Louisiana is a 1941 American Western film starring John Wayne and Ona Munson. It was produced and directed by Bernard Vorhaus.

Lady from Louisiana
Film poster
Directed byBernard Vorhaus
Produced byBernard Vorhaus
Screenplay byVera Caspary
Michael Hogan
Guy Endore
Story byEdward James
Francis Edward Faragoh
StarringJohn Wayne
Ona Munson
CinematographyJack A. Marta
Edited byEdward Mann
Republic Pictures
Distributed byRepublic Pictures
Release date
  • April 22, 1941 (1941-04-22)
Running time
83 minutes
CountryUnited States


Yankee lawyer John Reynolds (John Wayne) and Southern Belle Julie Mirbeau (Ona Munson) meet and fall in love on a riverboat going to New Orleans in the Gay Nineties. Upon arrival they are met by Julie's father (Henry Stephenson) who runs the popular Louisiana State Lottery Company and Reynold's Aunt Blanche (Helen Westley) who is a key figure in the anti-Lottery forces hoping Wayne as State's Attorney will end the Lottery.

Correctly gauging the situation as "playing Romeo and Juliet", Wayne is invited to the Mirbeau mansion where Julie and her father explain that not only are the people of New Orleans fun loving and like gambling such as the Lottery, but the Lottery funds many charitable institutions such as hospitals and levees for the river.

Unknown to General Mirbeau is his assistant Blackie's (Ray Middleton) protection rackets and murders of lottery winners through his army of thugs led by Cuffy Brown (Jack Pennick). The Lottery forces also have information sources in the State's Attorney's office that reveals every move Wayne has planned to raid illegal activities as well as corrupting judges and other officials through their brothels.

The battle between the two forces escalates leading into a climax of lightning striking and destroying a courthouse where a trial is going on and a break in the levees during torrential rains that flood the city.



Republic Pictures spared no expense in making the film, with large numbers of costumed extras and recreations of Mardi Gras. The studio's high standard of action scenes and special effects miniatures come to the fore in the fight scenes and flood climax.

The film mixes the romance and action with a comedic touch, with Wayne performing a light, Walking Tall type scenario.

A 1941 Time magazine review noted the similarities between Wayne's Thomas E. Dewey type character and Huey Long.[1]

See also


  1. "Cinema, Also Showing May 26, 1941". May 26, 1941. Retrieved December 20, 2015.
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