Boldly blending Eisensteinian montage and domestic melodrama, the film features Robeson and his wife, Eslanda, as lovers caught up in a tangled web of interracial affairs. African Dodgers were so commonplace that some sadistic people would bring a hard (wooden or iron) ball into any carnival that came to town, knowing they'd have a chance to throw it at a black man's head and cause him serious injury." In this film comedian Tom Howard plays a man on a carnival midway who gets suckered into substituting for the African Dodger. DVD X2036; vhs 937Directed by Dudley Murphy, with screenplay adapted by Du Bose Heyward from the drama by Eugene O'Neill. Cast: Mae West, Cary Grant, Owen Moore, Noah Beery, Gilbert Roland, Louise Beavers. (Full text available online (UCB users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5. "Mae West's Maids: Race, 'Authenticity,' and the Discourse of Camp." In: Hop on pop : the politics and pleasures of popular culture / edited by Henry Jenkins, Tara Mc Pherson & Jane Shattuc. Threats surrounded the making of the movie, but the studio persisted, creating a bold, torn-from-the-headlines expose of the organization fueled by fear, ignorance and hate -- a nation of "free, white, 100% Americans." 83 min. "Black Legion." In: Celluloid soldiers : the Warner Bros. Presents timeless songs and an equally timeless outcry against racial bigotry. Joe, a dockworker in Marseilles, finds a missing boy and takes him to stay with a local cafe singer, Miranda where they both become surrogate parents to the child. Features an astonishing sequence in which Shirley dons blackface to escape from Union soldiers. "Movies and the Resistance to Tyranny." In: American cinema of the 1930s : themes and variations / edited by Ina Rae Hark. Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mammies, and Bucks: An Interpretive History of Blacks in American Films / Donald Bogle. Cast: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O'Neill, Evelyn Keyes, Ann Rutherford, Hattie Mc Daniel, Butterfly Mc Queen, Carroll Nye, Laura Hope Crews, Ona Munson. " patriotic short; "Spanish fiests" musical short; "Who's who in the zoo" classic cartoon; trailers. This film is considered one of the most outstanding films about racial tension. Based on true events surrounding a light-skinned black family who pass for white in a New Hampshire town. Scott Carter is unable to secure a job as a physician because of his race so he decides "For one year of his life" to pass as a white man, but the one year becomes twenty. Contents: Disc 3: Birthday card -- Relatives -- Kingfish's last friend-- Quo vadis -- Andy falls in love with an actress -- Disc 4. Masculinity in the interracial buddy film Jefferson, N. While there she turns the convent choir into a "soulful chorus of swingin' sisters" complete with a Motown repertoire. But now he has won his freedom and faces a new urgency: reclaiming his 10-year old son from the mean streets' cycle of hate and death. Originally broacast as a segment of the television program: American Experience on January 18, 1993. Whoopi Goldberg returns as the lounge singer who goes undercover as a nun to help an ailing inner-city school. When Manhattan art dealers take a smooth talking young man into their home believing him to be a friend of their children and Sidney Poitier's son, they awake the next morning to find him in bed with a male friend whom he had invited in for the night. Roemello Skuggs and his older brother Raynathan grew up in Harlem with junkies for a mother and father. Kamalipour, Theresa Carilli ; foreword by George Gerbner. He is forced to come to terms with his past, facing his father's possible involvement with the KKK, and his part in the crime. Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Nicole Kidman, Ed Harris, Gary Sinise, Wentworth Miller, Jacinda Barrett, Harry Lennix, Clark Gregg. Videodisc release of eight episodes of the Our Gang comedies, originally produced between 19, and shown on television as the Little Rascals. This experimental silent film, made in Switzerland by an independent British film company, is chiefly remembered as Paul Robeson's first film. Notable as the only motion picture produced staring the radio comedy team, Amos n' Andy. The dodger would (usually) pull his head out of the hole in time to avoid getting hit, but sometimes he wasn't fast enough. Includes the famous "stairs" dance by Temple and "Bojangles" Robinson. In this first leading role in a major movie for Humphrey Bogart, he plays a factory worker, disappointed at not being promoted, who joins a Ku Klux Klan-like group. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1995.9. "'De Lawd' a Natchel Man": The Green Pastures in the American Cultural Imagination." In: Hollywood be thy name : African American religion in American film, 1929-1949 Berkeley : University of California Press, c2007. A musical which celebrates the loves and heartbreaks of a Mississippi riverboat troupe, starting with a young girl whose heart is stolen by a dashing gambler. (Full text available online (UCB users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5. (Full text available online (UC Berkeley users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PS3511. A classic musical celebrating the legendary actor, singer and activist Paul Robeson. Cast: Shirley Temple, John Boles, Bill Robinson, Steppin Fetchit. A case study in 30's and 40's Hollywoods fondness for mammies, Toms, and happy, childlike colored folk. Clarence Muse plays Jim" as what Donald Bogel has characterized as the "archtypical tom." (Bogle, Donald. DVD X1794; vhs 9 Directed by Victor Fleming, et al. The jealous and selfish Stanley attempts to win back Craig's affections, but her true character is revealed when, rather than take the rap herself, she attempts to pin a hit and run accident on a young black clerk who works in Craig's law office. Special features: Commentary by film historian Jeanine Basinger; "Warner night at the movies 1942" short subjects gallery; vintage newsreel; "March on, America! Cast: David Brian, Claude Jarman, Jr., Juano Hernandez, Porter Hall, Elizabeth Patterson, Charles Kemper, Will Geer. Cast: Beatrice Pearson, Mel Ferrer, Susan Douglas, Canada Lee, Richard Hylton. "Lost Boundaries: Racial Indeterminacy as Whiteness." In: Visions of belonging : New England art and the making of American identity / Julia B. Written variously by Bob Ross, Dave Schwartz, Joe Connelly, Bob Mosher, Paul West, and Jay Sommers. (Andy) ; Tim Moore (Kingfish) ; Ernestine Wade (Sapphire) ; Amanda Randolph (Mama) ; Johnny Lee (Calhoun). Together, in a difficult world of black versus white, they manage to discover a common ground. As their love grows they must deal with shock and outrage from both families. This film depicts a small town in South Carolina in the year 1950 as the issue of segregation between blacks and whites comes to a bitter, violent and courageous battle. Her dreams are put on hold when she becomes pregnant by her boyfriend. In this comedy a sassy, low-rent lounge singer is forced to hide out from the mob in the last place on earth anyone would look for her -- in a convent. Cast: Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Najimy, James Coburn, Maggie Smith. Cast: Stockard Channing, Will Smith, Donald Sutherland, Flan Kittredge, Ian Mc Kellen. Cast: Wesley Snipes, Michael Wright, Theresa Randle, Leslie Uggams, Abe Vigoda. Now, in 1998, the FBI has reopened the case, and Tom Cherry's memories are recalled about the turbulent years of his childhood.WWII movie featuring what Donald Bogle has called the movies' representation of "New Negro" in the military (an increasingly sympathetic image in the war and post-war years). When Little Joe is seriously wounded in a fight and seems about to die, the forces of heaven and hell begin a battle for his soul. Horne sings the title song, Waller does a rendition of "Ain't misbehavin". "Singing prettily : Lena Horne in Hollywood." In: In the space of a song : the uses of song in film / Richard Dyer. The soldier's comrades include his lifelong white friend Finch (Bridges), whose death leaves him racked with guilt; redneck-bigot corporal (Brodie); and troubled Sergeant Mingo (Lovejoy). "Home of the brave." In: The war film / edited and with an introduction by Robert Eberwein. Traffic violations -- The society party -- Kingfish's secretary-- The new neighbors -- Vacation. On stage is gifted coronet player Dixie Dwyer, who dreams of the big time, and tap sensation Sandman Williams who can't touch his girl, the lovely singer Lila Rose Oliver, because of strict club rules. For the following three days, the Heights experienced riots and racial tensions. Moses forge a friendship based on a mutual love of rap music and dance. Cast: Kent Faulcon, Berlinda Tolbert, David Raibon, Ron Bottitta, Christopher May, Leon Morenzie, Sam Jones. Cast: Bernie Mac, Ashton Kutcher, Zoe Saldana, Judith Scott, Hal Williams, Kellee Stewart, Robert Curtis Brown.Bataan features Kenneth Spencer as a black demolitions expert who figures prominantly and heroically in the action of the movie. A thinly veild dramatization of the life of dancer Bill Robinson. In the film's crucial scene, the doctor (Corey) forces Moss to overcome his paralysis by yelling a racial slur; from this point on, Moss will never again kowtow to prejudice." [Wikipedia] Based upon an original play by Arthur Laurents. DVD 7390 Selected episodes from the 1950's television sit com which relates the comic adventures of Amos Jones and Andrew H. Cast: Richard Widmark, Linda Darnell, Stephen Mc Nally, Sidney Poitier. Cast: Ginger Rogers, Ronald Reagan, Doris Day, Steve Cochran. Cast: Richard Wright, Jean Wallace, Gloria Madison, Nicholas Joy, Willa Pearl Curtiss, Charles Cane. Set in Chicago, Native son tells the story of Bigger Thomas, a young black man who accidentally murders his employer's daughter while performing his duties as chauffeur. A romantic musical of Magnolia Hawks who grew up on the riverboat, Cotton Blossom. "The Black Image in Protective Custody: Hollywood's Biracial Buddy Films of the Eighties." In: Black American cinema / edited by Manthia Diawara. As tension rises, so do tempers, and the nightclub becomes a pressure-cooker of jilted loves and mob jobs. The efforts of an African American youth leader and a Hasidic rabbi bring the polarized communities together. Two groups that have suffered persecution throughout the centuries embrace tolerance and discover that progress is possible. A successful New York lawer and gay African American man comes home to rural Louisiana to investigate the lynching death of the also gay childhood friend. Percy Jones is the understandably proud father of Theresa. Cast: Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Henry Walthall, Miriam Cooper, Mary Alden, Ralph Lewis, George Seigmann, Walter Long. A Civil War spectacular, Portraying "life in the South" during and after the Civil War as revealed in a story depicting the war itself, the conflict between the defeated Southerners and emancipated renegade Negroes, the despoiling of the South during the carpetbagger period, and the revival of the Southern white man's honor through the efforts of the Ku Klux Klan. But it's Josephine Baker, "the high priestess of primitivism" who triumphs in two show stopping numbers. Helpless slaves -- raped, tortured and humiliated -- are eventually driven to rebel against their wicked oppressors. "Made when screen musicals were mainly backstage stories or all-star revues, "Hallelujah! Director King Vidor, given the go-ahead only after pledging his salary to offset production costs, combines melodrama with work songs and spirituals...a sincere and sympathetic treatment of rural black life." 90 min. DVD 543; vhs 992 Contents: Big ears / director, Robert Mc Gowan (21 min.) -- Lad and a lamp / director, Robert Mc Gowan (17 min.) -- Anniversary trouble / director, Gus Meins (18 min.) -- Little sinner / director, Gus Meins (18 min.) -- Three smart boys / director, Gordon Douglas (10 min.) -- Mush and milk / director, Robert Mc Gowan (18 min.) -- Spooky hooky / director, Gordon Douglas (11 min.) -- Kid from Borneo / director, Robert Mc Gowan (18 min.). Cab drivers Amos 'n' Andy (characters from the radio show Amos 'n' Andy) contract to transport Duke Ellington and his band out to Blair estate, where they meet Richard Williams who is in love with Jean Blair. In the search for success as an actress, Lora neglects her daughter. Cast: Rex Ingram, Eddie Anderson, Oscar Polk, Frank Wilson, Hall Johnson Choir. Stanley Timberlake is a young woman who decides to dump her fianc and runs off with her sister Roy's husband. Andy plays Santa Claus -- The broken clock -- The Winslow woman -- Call Lehigh 4-9000 -- Leroy lends a hand. Overlooking Fuller's history of anti-racist films, the NAACP urged a boycott, inspiring the studio to shelve the finished film." [Pacific Film Archives - Banned in the USA] Based on the story by Romain Gary. The story of Mattie Michael, a proud, big-hearted woman whose life has been plagued by misfortunes, landing her alone and penniless in a crumbling ghetto tenement on Brewster Place. The Jewish woman and her African American driver eventually build a relationship over many years. A family caught between the reality of their surroundings and a chance at a piece of the American dream. Edgy and emotionally complex, this nocturnal love story is suffused with the melancholy and anxiety of not belonging, and full of the sad understanding of what it means to be a stranger. A high-spirited comic fable about going from downtown to uptown, from hip-hop to straight to the top! When Odessa Cotter, a quietly dignified woman, honors the 1955 Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott by walking an exhausting nine miles to and from work, Miriam, her employer, offers her a ride. Then one night she surprises her husband Frank having sex with another man, and her tidy world starts spinning out of control. Cast: Tom Sizemore, Richard Jenkins, Ving Rhames, Colm Feore. The light story is only a pretext for La Revue des Revues' white-hot, non-stop procession of outrageously and scantily attired exotic dancers, showgirls, and acrobats including the Tiller's Follies Girls, Ruth Zackey and the Hoffman Girls, and danseuse russe Lila Nikolska. Peace-loving slave Tom is forced to submit to his sadistic master, the evil Simon Legree. Themes show illiterate Black plantation life, singing, dancing and gambling, religious beliefs and practices, including a special baptism sequence, and the relationships between men and women in a "sinful environment". In this all-black cast short, legendary blues singer Bessie Smith finds her gambler lover Jimmy messin' with a pretty, younger woman; he leaves and she sings the blues, with chorus and dancers. The story of two widows and their troubled daughters. Cast: Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, George Brent, Dennis Morgan, Charles Coburn, Frank Craven, Billie Burke, Hattie Mc Daniel, Lee Patrick. Contents: Disc 1: Getting momma married, Parts 1 & 2 -- Andy buys a house -- The happy Stevens -- Arabia -- Disc 2. In Gary's story, the dog is retrained to attack whites, perpetuating the cycle of racism; Fuller's version has Winfield (in a fine performance) attempting to cure the dog. Cast: Oprah Winfrey, Robin Givens, Cicely Tyson, Jackee, Larenz Tate, Lynn Whitfield, Mary Alice, Olivia Cole, Moses Gunn, Paula Kelly, Leon Lonette Mc Kee, Barbara Montgomery, Phyllis Yonne Stickney, Paul Winfield, William Allen Young. "Black Feminism and Media Criticism: The Women of Brewster Place." Screen 1991 32: 286-302 UC users only Also in: Vision/re-vision: adapting contemporary American fiction by women to film / edited by Barbara Tepa Lupack. Bowling Green, OH : Bowling Green State University Popular Press, c1996. Set in Atlanta in the 1950's, a textile factory owner insists on hiring an ever-patient chauffeur for his aging head-strong mother. "Hollywood and the Mythic Land Apart, 1988 1991." In: A mythic land apart : reassessing Southerners and their history / edited by John David Smith and Tho Westport, Conn. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks F209.5 . "That's what friends are for : Bruce Beresford's Driving Miss Daisy (1989)." In: God, man, and Hollywood : politically incorrect cinema from "The birth of a nation" to "The Passion of the Christ" / Mark Royden Winchell. Their love a bond, their warmhearted humor a breath of fresh air, their tenative hold on dignity - their lifeline. The story of Lisa, a young Soviet emigre studying medicine in Manhattan and Roy, an African American building superintendent on New York's Lower East Side. Dexter Jackson will let nothing stop him from getting rich as a TV news anchor, until he realizes he's losing touch with his roots. Cast: Sissy Spacek, Whoopi Goldberg, Dwight Schultz. "The Buddy Politic." In: Screening the male : exploring masculinities in Hollywood cinema / edited by Steven Cohan and Ina Rae Hark. When the dancers start turning to blood-suckers, the rapping trio find out they got more than they bargained for -- especially after the strippers' leader, Kulada, discovers that Tymez might be the missing link in the vampire apocalypse. Cathy is the perfect 50s housewife, living the perfect 50s life: healthy kids, successful husband, social prominence. Migrating to the movies : cinema and Black urban modernity. Louise Beavers is featured as Mae West's stereotypically dithery maid and straight woman. "She Done Him Wrong and the Risen Woman." In: American cinema of the 1930s : themes and variations / edited by Ina Rae Hark. Cast: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O'Neill, Evelyn Keyes, Ann Rutherford, Hattie Mc Daniel, Butterfly Mc Queen, Carroll Nye, Laura Hope Crews, Ona Munson. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA E169 . "'A Giant Step Forward': The Film Home of the Brave." In: Visions of belonging : family stories, popular culture, and postwar democracy, 1940-1960 / Judith E. (Full text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks E169 . "Race, Gender and Psychoanalysis in Forties Film: Lost Boundaries, Home of the Brave and The Quiet One." In: Black American cinema / edited by Manthia Diawara. He makes no attempt to defend himself to avoid being lyunched, until a young white boy persuades his lawyer uncle to help find the real killer. DVD 7388 Selected episodes from the 1950's television sit com which relates the comic adventures of Amos Jones and Andrew H. P34 1987) Steven Spielberg's movie adaptation of Alice Walker's novel. Cast: Dexter Gordon, François Cluzet, Gabrielle Haker, Herbie Hancock, Bobby Hutcherson, Sandra Reaves-Phillips, Lonette Mc Kee, Martin Scorsese. Cast: Glenn Plummer, Carl Lumbly, Christian Coleman, Byron Minns, Lexie Bigham, Vincent Craig Dupree, La Rita Shelby. Cast: Michael Rapaport, N'Bushe Wright, Paul Butler, De Shonn Castle, Candy Ann Brown, Luke Reilly, Dan Ziskie, Kevin Corrigan, Martin Priest, Ron Johnson, Ray Sharkey. Cast: Peter Francis James, James Avery, Andre Braugher, Scott Wentworth, Scott Whitehurst, William Allen Young, Sam Gray, Terry Alexander, Matthiew Arkin, Thomas Brimm, Denise Burse-Mickelburg, Tom Ligon, Sam Jackson, Diana Scarwid, Giancarlo Esposito. As the years go by, their influence and power expands, until they have become the premier drug dealers in the neighborhood, wielding power to be reckoned with. Cast: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, Hector Elizondo, Theresa Randle. As the scandal heats up, Nathan Zuckerman, a writer researching a biography of Silk, begins to dig deeply into Silk's life. Cast: Paul Robeson, Dudley Digges, Frank Wilson, Fredi Washington, Ruby Elzy. Mae West as Lady Lou, a toughlady with a heart of gold, who dallys with assorted beaus, becomes entangled in murder, saves a Bowery mission and still has enough energy left to belt out a tune or two! Includes the memorable performance of Paul Robeson singing "Ol' man river." 110 min. "Only Make Believe." In: American cinema of the 1930s : themes and variations / edited by Ina Rae Hark. As the South finally crumbles down around her, Scarlett devises a way to overcome starvation in order save herself and her family during the war and the following years of reconstruction. It tells the story of a black man in a small Mississippi town who is accused of murdering a white man known to be his adversary. Eventually he and his family must confront the racism of the idyllic New Hampshire town he's served for decades. Sapphire disappears -- The gun-- The turkey dinner -- Superfine brush-- Cousin Effie's will. The sudden celebrity of the choir however jeopardizes her hidden identity. DVD X7148; vhs 919 Directed by Steve Anderson; produced by Oliver Stone. Based on Donald Bakeer's best seller about gang life, "Crips". DVD X4835; vhs 932 Writer/director, Anthony Drazan. At an early age, the boys began working for one of the local bosses, Gus. "Hegemony in Black and White: Interracial Buddy Films and the New Racism." In: Cultural diversity and the U. With the help of his friend, Tom finds the strength to testify against his father. Coleman Silk is a respected professor at a New England college who suddenly finds his life unraveling after a comment he makes about some African-American students is misinterpreted as a racial slur.
Kingfish teaches Andy to fly: Kingfish talks Andy into flying lessons so he can impress the ladies. Based on the Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein II musical play from Edna Ferber's novel. A 12-year-old girl learns something about life when her sister gets married a Based on a story by Carson Mc Cullers. (Full text available online (UC Berkeley users only); Print: Music ML2075 . Cast: Clark Gable, Yvonne De Carlo, Sidney Poitier, Efram Zimbalist, Jr., Rex Reason, Carolle Drake, Juanita Moore. The plot centers on these two convicts fleeing a chain gang in the deep South. Draws the audience into an underworld of backstairs and neon gutters with the story of an exploited black maid (played by a white actress) and her daughter trying to pass for white. It's too much to resist for Earl Slater, a bigoted ex-con slumming through life with a patronizing girlfriend and zero expectations. The Films of John Cassavetes: Pragmatism, Modernism, and the Movies / Ray Carney. When Lola's boyfriend is killed in a gang fight she starts to fall for Frank. (Black Rebels) DVD X3088; vhs 951 Directed by Daniel Petrie. Percy never guessed that his daughter was involved in an interracial relationship. Cast: Terrence Howard, Anthony Anderson, Taryn Manning, Taraji P. When he hears that rap superstar Skinny Black is heading to his area, DJay decides to throw together a supreme hustle to grab Skinny's attention. A young girl traveling across 1930's America with her father, discovers a plantation that doesn't know that slavery has been abolished. Cast: Ioan Gruffudd, Rufus Sewell, Michael Gambon, Albert Finney, Youssou N'Dour, Ciaran Hinds.
"Reracializing the Ordinary American Family: Raisin in the Sun." In: Visions of belonging : New England art and the making of American identity / Julia B. But the inmate has become a model prisoner, and unless the doctor can convince officials that he's daugerous, he'll soon be back on the street. Religious hypocrisy, racial bigotry, civil rights issues and the changing Southern society backed by forced integraton are subjects in this film (1963) that coincided with the turbulent social issues of the time. A dramatization of the true story of a white writer in the early 1960's who chemically changed the color of his skin in order to experience life as a black man in the South. Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, c2008. Set against the stirrings of the civil rights movement and a rising wave of burgeoning Black pride. They get their wish after a local talent show when they are picked to be backup singers for the legendary James "Thunder" Early.
Based on the book by John Howard Griffin (Moffitt E185.61. This tells the story of Duff, a railroad section hand who is forced to confront racial prejudice and self-denial when he falls in love with Josie, an educated preacher's daughter. "The Buddy Politic." In: Screening the male : exploring masculinities in Hollywood cinema / edited by Steven Cohan and Ina Rae Hark. As they become more successful over time, each of the girls discovers the costs and compromises exacted by their desire to be in the music business. Cast: Will Smith, Jaden Christopher Syre Smith, Thandie Newton, Brian Howe, James Karen, Dan Castellaneta, Kurt Fuller, Takayo Fischer. His wife worked double shifts to support the family including their young son, Christopher. career woman, Kenya works as a senior manager at a prestigious accounting firm, and is on the verge of making partner.
99:4 Contents: Amos n' Andy: Introduction of actors to studio audience by producers (6 min.) -- Amos n' Andy: The Rare Coin (27 min.) -- Amos n' Andy: Kingfish Enlists (25 min.) -- Trouble with Father: A Skeleton at the Party (27 min.) -- Jack Benny Program: Benny in the Lineup (25 min.). Ethel Waters plays a kind of "nouveau mammy" to Julie Harris' anguished white girl on the verge of adulthood. "Screen Politics: Otto Preminger's Carmen Jones." In: Carmen : from silent film to MTV / edited by Chris Perriam and Ann Davies. The story of privileged society of the Old South centering around Amish Bond, a plantation owner with a secret past of slave trading, a freedom-yearning slave Bond has raised as a son, and the fiery belle, well educated and born into a good family who goes on the auction block when her part-African heritage is revealed. He agrees to be part of a bank job planned by former cop Burke. Cambridge [England]; New York, NY, USA: Cambridge University Press, 1994. DVD includs Black rebels: Five years after "This Rebel Breed" was released, producer William Rowland added some incongruous inserts filled with nudity and re-released the film under the titles Black Rebels, Lola's Mistake, and Three Shades of Love. Performers: Sidney Poitier, Claudia Mc Neil, Ruby Dee. stumbles upon five German refugee nuns in Arizona and stops to fix their farmhouse roof. "The Black Image in Protective Custody: Hollywood's Biracial Buddy Films of the Eighties." In: Black American cinema / edited by Manthia Diawara. When it becomes clear that Simon and Theresa's relationship is likely to be altar-bound, Percy finds himself suddenly full of misgivings about the young man. Can this well-meaning girl and her lawyer father change the minds and hearts of the plantation owners? A dramatization of the life of the human rights activist, cultural reformer and member of Parliament, William Wilberforce who sustained a twenty-year fight in 19th century England, endeavoring to end the British transatlantic slave trade.
The first instance of a black actress being used to carry a major-studio production. Until, that is, he finds out one of his partners will be a black man. In this film to obtain the edgy look desired by the director a rare filming technique was used: infrared photography. John Cassavetes' first film, tells a gripping story of racism set against a New York background in the 1950's. 1961 film based on the award-winning play about a struggling black family living on Chicago's South Side and the impact of an unexpected insurance bequest. Cast: Sidney Poitier, Bobby Darin, Peter Falk, Carl Benton Reid. Homer discovers that not only will the Mother Superior not pay him for the job, but she also expects him to build their chapel -- for free! Cast: Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Sorrell Booke, Godfrey Cambridge, Alan Alda, Hilda Haynes. Wilberforce encountered intense opposition from members of Parliament but his minister John Newton, a reformed slave ship captain who penned the hymn "Amazing Grace" urged him to see the cause through. DVD 8799 Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database Directed by Bill Condon.