|Anna Lucasta 1959 N/R, 97 min.|
Director: Arnold Laven
Cast: Eartha Kitt, Sammy Davis Jr., Frederick O'Neal, Henry Scott, Rex Ingram, Georgia Burke, James Edwards, Rosetta LeNoire, Isabel Cooley, Alvin Childress, Claire Leyba, John Proctor, Charles Swain, Wallace Earl, Ike Jones
Eartha Kitt takes on the role of prostitute Anna Lucasta who is kicked out of her home and then exploited by her family. This remake of the 1949 film features an all-Black cast, which is consistent with how playwright Philip Yordan wrote his controversial 1944 Broadway production.
|Pinky 1949 N/R, 102 min.|
Director: Elia Kazan
Cast: Jeanne Crain, Ethel Barrymore, Ethel Waters, Nina Mae McKinney, William Lundigan, Basil Ruysdael, Griff Barnett, Evelyn Varden, Raymond Greenleaf, Arthur Hunnicutt, Kenny Washington, Frederick O'Neal, Everett Glass, William Hansen, Robert Osterloh
The absurdity of racial prejudice is shown in this film about a Black woman, Patricia "Pinky" Johnson (Jeanne Crain), who passes for a White woman while studying nursing at a New England school. A White doctor wants to marry her, but Pinky has turned him down. Pinky returns to her Southern home where her grandmother (Ethel Waters) is working for a wealthy, White woman, Miss Em (Ethel Barrymore). Miss Em becomes ill, and Pinky stays to nurse her. When Miss Em dies and leaves her estate to Pinky, a court battle ensues because Pinky is Black. Jeanne Crain was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar, and both Ethel Barrymore and Ethel Waters were nominated for Best Supporting Actress.
|Something of Value 1957 N/R, 113 min.|
Director: Richard Brooks
Cast: Rock Hudson, Dana Wynter, Wendy Hiller, Sidney Poitier, Walter Fitzgerald, Frederick O'Neal, Juano Hernandez, William Marshall, Robert Beatty, Michael Pate, Ivan Dixon, Ken Renard, Samadu Jackson, Wilton Graff, Angela Cartwright
Based on Robert Ruark's novel, this is the story of childhood friends Kimani (Sidney Poitier) and Peter McKenzie (Rock Hudson) who, despite one being Black and the other White, had grown up like brothers in British East Africa. Now, as adults, their relationship is shattered when Peter sides with British colonialism, and Kimani joins the brutal Mau-Maus in their uprising in Kenya.
|Take a Giant Step 1959 N/R, 99 min.|
Director: Philip Leacock
Cast: Johnny Nash, Estelle Hemsley, Ruby Dee, Frederick O'Neal, Beah Richards, Frances Foster, Ellen Holly, Royce Wallace, Pauline Meyer, Dee Pollock
A young African-American, Spencer Scott (Johnny Nash) finds that the world is filled with intolerance in this insightful story about a boy becoming a man.
|Tarzan's Peril 1951 N/R, 79 min.|
Director: Byron Haskin
Cast: Lex Barker, Virginia Huston, George Macready, Douglas Fowley, Dorothy Dandridge, Alan Napier, Edward Ashley, Walter Kingsford, Glenn Anders, Frederick O'Neal
Tarzan (Lex Barker) comes to the rescue when gunrunners supply weapons and stir up trouble between warring tribes.
|1. Anna Lucasta (1959)|
2. Pinky (1949)
3. Something of Value (1957)
4. Take a Giant Step (1959)
5. Tarzan's Peril (1951)
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