The Sun Shines Bright

by John Ford 1h30min United States 1952
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Film details

The Sun Shines Bright
by John Ford

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.

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  • Charles Winninger : Juge William Pittman Priest
  • Arleen Whelan : Lucy Lee Lake
  • John Russell : Ashby Corwin
  • And with: Stepin Fetchit, Russell Simpson, Ludwig Stössel


  • Director John Ford
  • Scenario Laurence Stallings
  • Original work author Irvin S. Cobb
  • Photo director Archie Stout
  • Set Design Frank Hotaling
  • Costume Design Adele Palmer
  • Editing Jack Murray
  • Original music Victor Young
  • Producer Merian C. Cooper, John Ford
  • Production Compagny Argosy Pictures

Technical information

  • Aspect ratio1,37:1
  • Printed film format35 mm
  • Original sound mixMono
  • Production1952
  • Release date for France05/08/1953
  • CategoryFeature film
  • ColorBlack and White
  • LanguageEnglish
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