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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Home of the Brave (1949)


Based on a play by Arthur Laurents, Home Of The Brave recounts the story of a young black soldier (James Edwards) who has suffered a nervous breakdown and developed psychosomatic paralysis. Crippled by rage and trauma, his condition was induced by experiences encountered during a reconnaissance mission combined with a lifetime of racial discrimination. He may be able to walk again, but only if he can overcome his anger and frustrations. The film’s theme revolves around a diverse group of men subjected to the horror of war and their individual struggles. Home Of The Brave was one of Hollywood’s first bold statements regarding the issue of race. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Anna Lucasta (1958)


When wild child Anna Lucasta (Kitt) is banished from the family home by her self-righteous father, she falls into a life of prostitution and into the arms of street-wise sailor Danny Johnson (Davis). But after Anna shocks them all by finally finding true love with a well-heeled young suitor, her unforgiving father sets a vengeful plan in motion to remind his daughter of her sordid past and destroy her future forever! 

Anna Lucasta (1944 - 1946, Broadway)

The 1958 film was based on a Broadway play featuring an all-black cast. Anna Lucasta (Broadway) seen huge success in having over 900 performances in a two-year span. The lead actress that played the character Anna Lucasta was Hilda Simms (The Joe Louis Story). 

Anna Lucasta is a Broadway play by Philip Yordan. It premiered on Broadway in 1944 at the Mansfield Theatre. Inspired by Eugene O'Neill's Anna Christie, the play was originally written about a Polish American family. The American Negro Theatre director Abram Hill and director Henry Wagstaff Gribble adapted the script for an all African American cast. The original cast included Hilda Simms, Canada Lee and Alice Childress.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Borderline (1930)


Adah, a black woman, has an affair with Thorne, a white man, much to the dismay of some of the prejudiced townsfolk and Thorne's wife, Astrid. Adah attempts a reconciliation with her man, Pete, but eventually leaves him and the town. Meanwhile, Astrid goes mad and cuts Thorne's face and arm with a knife, but then mysteriously dies. Thorne is tried but acquitted. Because of the events, the mayor sends Pete a letter asking him to leave town for the good of all concerned.