The New Pictures, Feb. 17, 1941

Virginia (Paramount). Produced by Virginia-born Director Edward H. Griffith,* from a story he wrote with Virginia Van Upp, Virginia was filmed on the spot, in torrid, somnolent Albemarle County, where Thomas Jefferson lived and died. In spite of the labored accents of its non-Confederate cast (only Southern actor featured in Virginia is Tom Rutherford, a Richmond blue blood) its lines have an authentic ring, might have been copied down verbatim from the resentful speeches of Albemarle's land-loving inhabitants.

Virginia is a story of reconstruction—not the postwar reconstruction of carpetbaggers and night riders, but the 1941-type reconstruction of rich Yankee gentlemen who buy...

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