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Uncle Earl (1985)



Genre: Documentary

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1985

Duration: 00:58:47

Subjects: PEA PATCH FARM | OLD AGE PENSIONS | HOT LUNCH PROGRAM | STARR, BLAZE | Long, Earl Kemp, 1895-1960 | Long, Huey Pierce, 1893-1935 | Politics | Taxes | Mental Health | Louisiana Governors | Long, Blanche B., 1902-1988


  • Smith, Rick Writer
  • Smith, Rick Editor
  • Laudun, Tika Photographer
  • Clements, Henry Narrator
  • Smith, Rick Photographer
  • Garcia, Dan Photographer
  • Connelly, John Photographer
  • Smith, Rick Producer
  • Holt, Ben Interviewee
  • Gravel, Camille Interviewee
  • McKeithen, John Interviewee
  • Martin, Wade O., Jr. Interviewee
  • Harrell, Tommy Interviewee
  • Bussie, Victor Interviewee
  • Myrick, Spencer Interviewee
  • Hanna, Sam Interviewee
  • Hunt, Lucille Interviewee
  • Long, Blanche Interviewee
  • Dodd, Bill Interviewee
  • Cangelosi, Theo F. Interviewee
  • Morrison, Jimmie Interviewee
  • Wilson, Justin Interviewee
  • Long, Russell Interviewee
  • Stagg, Ed Interviewee
  • Rayburn, B.B. "Sixty" Interviewee
  • Hunt, John Interviewee
  • Jemison, T.J. Interviewee
  • DeBlieux, J.D. Interviewee
  • Bankston, Jesse Interviewee
  • Gremillion, Jack Interviewee
  • Dugas, C.J. "Bobby" Interviewee
  • Read, Brooks Interviewee
  • McGuire, Jack Interviewee
  • Bozeman, Eck Interviewee


A 1985 documentary about the life and political career of Earl K. Long, who served as the Governor of Louisiana from 1939-1940, 1948-1952, and 1956-1960. It chronicles: his early life in Winnfield, Louisiana; his relationship with his older brother Huey P. Long; his campaigns for governor; his political and governing style; his accomplishments in supporting the poor white and black citizens of Louisiana through programs like free hot lunches and old age pensions; his tirade in the state legislature that led to his commitment to a mental hospital; his affair with stripper Blaze Starr; and his successful Congressional campaign shortly before his death in 1960. This documentary includes interviews with family members, colleagues and political observers. Narrator: Henry Clements