Congratulations, Dargo! The song, of course, is "My Old Kentucky Home," from which comes the line "The sun shines bright."Dargo wrote: ↑January 17th, 2024, 2:51 pmAh, I think I've finally got it...and after doing "a little" research here.Swithin wrote: ↑January 17th, 2024, 9:10 amSwithin wrote: ↑January 17th, 2024, 4:18 am 1. The film ends with a parade.
2. The film takes place in the United States.
3. A song (instrumental) plays over the opening credits of the film. That same song is sung at the very end of the film, as the parade concludes. The title of the film is taken from the first line of that song.
4. The film's director is one of the best known American directors who has given us some of the greatest films. The film we are going for here may be far from one of his most famous, but he has often said it was his personal favorite (although he may have said that about other films as well).
5. The director (as Dargo guessed) is John Ford.
and the new clue:
The film bears a certain connection to a 1956 Hitchcock film.
And I'll add this bonus clue: the year before the film we're looking for was made, the supporting actor who begins the singing of the song at the end of the film had a dance scene with Hattie McDaniel on her television show!
Today's clue: The song that opens and closes the film (and gives the film its title) is the official state song of an American state.
I'll bet the film in question is 'The Sun Shines Bright', isn't it Swithin.
(...and yes, I suppose there is a bit of correlation to Hitchcock's 'The Wrong Man')
But you got the correlation to Hitchcock wrong. That clue about Hitch's 1956 film was to The Man Who Knew Too Much, since that film is a remake/adaptation of Hitch's 1934 version. The Sun Shines Bright is a remake/adaptation of Ford's 1934 film, Judge Priest. The connection is merely that both directors basically remade earlier versions of their own films.
The Sun Shines Bright is a masterful film, though with its Confederate flags and stereotypes, it may be a problem today. But it has incredible heart. Stepin Fetchit (who played the same role for Ford in 1934 and 1953) plays his usual role with a twist: Not only is he a good friend as well as servant to Judge Priest (Charles Winninger), he has an amazing scene in a courtroom in which he basically depicts why he has to perform the roles he performed: in order to succeed: a Black man had to behave like a buffoon in order to survive. The Sun Shines Bright, which takes place in a post-bellum Kentucky town, is filled with humour, sadness, a Black man accused of raping a white woman, parades, music, and the memorable scene of the prostitute's funeral. The film is on YouTube.
Stepin Fetchit, center, in the scene where he explains to the banjo player that he can't play a Yankee tune in a Kentucky courtroom: he has to play "Dixie," and he has to sing and dance for the White men.
The actor who begins the singing of "My Old Kentucky Home" at the end of The Sun Shines Bright is Ernest Whitman, who played Beulah's boyfriend on television. Check out his dance with Hattie McDaniel in this episode of Beulah. The dance is at the 5:30 point.
And the thread is yours, Dargo -- you've earned it!