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The Green Pastures (1936)

Approved | | Drama | 1 August 1936 (USA)
God, heaven, and several Old Testament stories, including the Creation and Noah's Ark, are described supposedly using the perspective of rural, black Americans.

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(suggested by: Southern Sketches "Ol' Man Adam and His Chillun'"), (a fable by)
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Oscar Polk ...
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Noah (as Eddie Anderson)
Frank H. Wilson ...
Moses (as Frank Wilson)
George Reed ...
Mr. Deshee
Abraham Gleaves ...
Archangel
Myrtle Anderson ...
Eve
Al Stokes ...
Edna Mae Harris ...
Zeba (as Edna M. Harris)
James Fuller ...
Cain the Sixth
George Randol ...
High Priest
Ida Forsyne ...
Ray Martin ...
Charles Andrews ...
Flatfoot (as Chas. Andrews)
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God, heaven, and several Old Testament stories, including the Creation and Noah's Ark, are described supposedly using the perspective of rural, black Americans.

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Trivia

Banned in many countries. See more »

Goofs

When Noah is loading animals onto the ark, 4 sheep enter, not 2. Genesis 7:2 says that Noah was to board 2 of every "unclean" animal and 7 of every "clean" animal. Sheep are considered "clean." See more »

Quotes

Gabriel: Gangway for the lord god, Jehovah!
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Connections

Version of BBC Sunday-Night Theatre: The Green Pastures (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Rise and Shine
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Traditional spiritual from Jubilee and Plantation Songs (1897)
Performed by the Hall Johnson Choir
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A movie (not only) children should see as part of their education
26 February 2002 | by (The Hague, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

It seems almost incredible that this film was made in 1936, when the almost invariable tendency in Hollywood was to portray negroes as (perhaps) lovable, but mostly inept, submissive, rather primitive creatures, good for a laugh and musical entertainment but for not much else. Here we see, in primitive guise but with great delicacy, feeling, seriousness and depth (even the difficult theological problem of the doubting God is touched on towards the end) the events of the New Testament as seen through the eyes of negro believers. This is one of the very few movies I have insisted on that my children see as part of their education, and this should apply to many grownups too.


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