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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Band of Angels (1957)


Living in Kentucky before the Civil War, Amantha Starr (Yvonne De Carlo) is a privileged young woman living with her widower father. Her father is a wealthy plantation owner who is known to be kind to his slaves. He sends Amantha away to school, where she is to receive the best education available. While at school, Amantha's father dies unexpectedly, and she returns home for his funeral. At his funeral, she learns that her father was in debt and that her biological mother was black due to her father's infidelities. Due to state laws, Amantha is considered a slave and property and is to be sold off to repay her father's debt. Wealthy Lousiana plantation owner, Hamish Bond (Clark Gable) purchases Amantha at a nearby auction. Over time, the pair begins to love each other, but the truth about Hamish's past, which includes the upbringing of a slave named Rau-Ru (Sidney Poitier), threatens Hamish's way of life and the relationship he has with Amantha.