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THE SONS OF TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, tells the story of the gay men of New Orleans who created a vast and fantastic culture of wildly popular 'drag balls' starting in the late 1950s. These men ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Maddox Charles Maddox ... Himself / King Armeinius the 40th
Tommy Dietsch Tommy Dietsch ... Himself / Queen Armeinius the 40th (as Tommy Dietsch) (as Thomas Dietsch)
Ed Herlihy Ed Herlihy ... Himself
George Roth George Roth ... Himself / Queen Celeste the 9th
Don Stratton Don Stratton ... Himself / Queen Armeinius the 2nd
Jimmy Keyes Jimmy Keyes ... Himself / Queen Petronius XV
Mike Moreau Mike Moreau ... Himself
John Henry Bogie John Henry Bogie ... Himself
Albert Carey Albert Carey ... Himself / 'The Volcano' / Queen Armeinius VI
Tracy Hendrix Tracy Hendrix ... Himself
Steve Labranche Steve Labranche ... Himself
Freddie Guess Freddie Guess ... Himself
Bill Woolley Bill Woolley ... Himself
Wendell Stipelcovich Wendell Stipelcovich ... Himself / 'The Shrimp Cocktail'
George Patterson George Patterson ... Himself


THE SONS OF TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, tells the story of the gay men of New Orleans who created a vast and fantastic culture of wildly popular 'drag balls' starting in the late 1950s. These men worked with the traditions of Mardi Gras to bring gay culture into public settings in the early 1960s. By 1969, there were four gay Mardi Gras clubs legally chartered by the state of Louisiana, throwing yearly extravaganzas at civic venues around the city. 'Society matrons begged for ball tickets from their hairdressers'. They succeeded in bringing down the 'Jim Crow' type laws that targeted gay people during this period, staging a flamboyant, costumed revolution without politics and won freedoms during a time, as now, when laws and people fought against them. Written by Anonymous

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gay | ball | club | drag ball | drag | See All (78) »


Fifty Years of New Orleans' Gay Civil Rights Revolution See more »


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Release Date:

26 June 2010 (USA) See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$533, 14 October 2011

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Color | Black and White (film clips and archive photographs: Universal Newsreels)
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Did You Know?


Krewe {kroo} -noun (especially in New Orleans) a social club comprised of members who celebrate the annual Mardi Gras festivities together. --generalized from The Mistick Krewe of Comus, the first such club, founded in New Orleans in 1857. See more »


Albert Carey: Is it really a civil rights accomplishment for a man to wear a dress at the municipal auditorium?
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Crazy Credits

As they have done every year for the past five decades, the pioneers of the earliest civil rights for gay Americans have come together to crown a king and a queen. New Orleans, Louisiana February 23, 2008 See more »


References A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) See more »


New York, New York
written by Fred Ebb and John Kander
Performed by Shirley Bassey
published by EMI Unart Catalog, Inc.
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A Film for by and about New Orleans Radical Faeries
8 March 2012 | by jaytombstoneSee all my reviews

A MUST SEE if you're interested in gay history, Mardi Gras, civil rights or fabulous outfits. The official history of New Orleans' gay community. This film is an important document in the history of New Orleans Mardi Gras Krewes, as well a significant testament of the life of homosexuals in America before the gay rights movement. Told at an important moment, the members of the original gay Krewes tell how they cleverly organized the first gay groups that would be recognized by politicians, while throwing fantastic balls with outrageous costumes. This shows the New Orleans gay community lived their truth, changed their community for the better, and looked glamorous while doing it. Hilarious and touching!

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