The Sun Shines Bright

  • 1953
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Even the skilled handling of John Ford could do little to overcome the shortcomings in this story about a well-meaning southern judge, Winninger, whose honest attitudes and simple ways prove more powerful than the prejudice he is up against. Shortly before election time Winninger aids in causes which could prove dangerous in the vote count against the Yankee...read more

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Even the skilled handling of John Ford could do little to overcome the shortcomings in this story about a well-meaning southern judge, Winninger, whose honest attitudes and simple ways prove more powerful than the prejudice he is up against. Shortly before election time Winninger aids in

causes which could prove dangerous in the vote count against the Yankee carpetbagger who is after Winninger's post. He defends an innocent black youth against a lynch mob that accuses the boy of rape; then he provides for a prostitute who has fallen on hard times. These are just a few of the

numerous good deeds that Winninger accomplishes in the short span of the film which has him winning the election by a single vote. But these characters are all stereotypes of the early twentieth-century South, the plot weaving them together to provide for an overabundance of sentiment at how good

Winninger is despite the personal advantages in pursuing the opposite course. Winninger did well in the role originated by Will Rogers in Ford's 1934 picture JUDGE PRIEST. The director stated in an interview that THE SUN SHINES BRIGHT was his favorite picture, one that was true to life; that

author Cobb drew his stories from the real world, and these stories were his best. He also said that his habit of the time was to make a commercially successful film and then to follow it with a little one like this which he truly liked. A few songs of the appropriate Civil War/Antebellum South

period enliven the proceedings, including "Tenting on the Old Camp Ground" and "My Old Kentucky Home" (Stephen Foster).

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