The Sun Shines Bright

Synopsis: John Ford weaves three "Judge Priest" stories together to form a good- natured exploration of honour and small-town politics in the South around the turn of the century. Judge William Priest is involved variously in revealing the real identity of Lucy Lake, reliving his Civil War memories, preventing the lynching of a youth and contesting the elections with Yankee Horace K. Maydew.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Western
Director(s): John Ford
Production: Republic Pictures Corporation
  Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination.
90 min

And as I myself will probably be

sitting on that bench...

...after the election...

...I should not like to prejudice myself... being a prosecutor

in the same cause.

What's next on the docket?

We have here a noble old man...

...whose nephew refuses to support him.

Mr Maydew...I didn't say

my boy HAD to support me...

...I was just...

Mr Sheriff...can't you keep

this courtroom in order?!

Sit down and shut up, uncle, please.

One moment, gentlemen.

Uncle Plez...

Did I hear you called Uncle Plez?

Yessir, Judge.

Uncle Pleasant Woodford.

Thank you.

Come here.

Are you the boy that brought Bainbridge Corwin's body

back from Chickamauga?

Yessir remember.

I brought him all the way back... these two arms.

Don't you remember?

Yes I do.

Oh, what a time that was!

What's the matter with your boy,

Uncle Pleasant.

Nothin' Judge, nothin'...

He just sit around the house

and play the banjo all day long!

Just idlin' on the levee.

This boy got to learn a trade.

Trade? He got a trade, Judge!

That boy could run away right now,

with his old plantation music.

With his banjo...

Your name, boy?!

U.S. Woodford, sir.

Where did you get that name "U.S."?

My full name is U.S. Grant Woodford.

One of the gentlemans at the G.A.R. Hall say...

..."Here the Yankee general

might be General Robert E. Lee".

Mr Maydew...

If you please!

Let me hear you play, boy.

Yes sir!

Play a military tune.

Here's one they taught me

when I cleaned up the G.A.R. Hall.

Your string is off the key and you can't

play out of tune for the judge!

You fix that string up

and wish you were in The Land of Cotton...

...old time and not forgotten...

and look away in Dixie Land...

I swear my hearin's gettin' so poorly...

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Laurence Stallings

Laurence Tucker Stallings (November 25, 1894 - February 28, 1968) was an American playwright, screenwriter, lyricist, literary critic, journalist, novelist, and photographer. Best known for his collaboration with Maxwell Anderson on the 1924 play What Price Glory, Stallings also produced a groundbreaking autobiographical novel, Plumes, about his service in World War I, and published an award-winning book of photographs, The First World War: A Photographic History. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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