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Writers:
Roark Bradford (suggested by: Southern Sketches "Ol' Man Adam and His Chillun'")
Marc Connelly (a fable by)
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Release Date:
1 August 1936 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
God, heaven, and several Old Testament stories, including the Creation and Noah's Ark, are described supposedly using the perspective of rural... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
One of a Kind See more (24 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Rex Ingram ... De Lawd / Adam / Hezdrel
Oscar Polk ... Gabriel

Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson ... Noah (as Eddie Anderson)
Frank H. Wilson ... Moses (as Frank Wilson)
George Reed ... Mr. Deshee
Abraham Gleaves ... Archangel
Myrtle Anderson ... Eve
Al Stokes ... Cain
Edna Mae Harris ... Zeba (as Edna M. Harris)
James Fuller ... Cain the Sixth
George Randol ... High Priest
Ida Forsyne ... Noah's Wife
Ray Martin ... Shem
Charles Andrews ... Flatfoot (as Chas. Andrews)
Dudley Dickerson ... Ham
Jimmy Burress ... Japheth
Billy Cumby ... Abraham / Head Magician / King of Babylon (as William Cumby)
Ivory Williams ... Jacob
David Bethea ... Aaron
Ernest Whitman ... Pharaoh
Reginald Fenderson ... Joshua
Slim Thompson ... Master of Ceremonies
Clinton Rosemond ... Prophet
Hall Johnson Choir ... Vocal Ensemble
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Alexander ... Dancer #1 (uncredited)
Freddie Archibald ... Gambler (uncredited)
Willie Best ... Henry - the Angel (uncredited)
Dorothy Bishop ... Mrs. Japheth (uncredited)
William Broadus ... Mr. Randall (uncredited)
Donald Brown ... Sexton's Grandson (uncredited)
Ben Carter ... Gambler (uncredited)
Lillian Davis ... Viney Prohack (uncredited)
Amanda Drayton ... Mrs. Randall (uncredited)
Florence Field ... First Cleaner (uncredited)
Anna Mae Fritz ... Stout Angel / Young Gambler / Second Cleaner (uncredited)
Jesse Graves ... General (uncredited)
Minnie Gray ... Mrs. Ham (uncredited)
Bessie Guy ... Mrs. Shem (uncredited)
Jester Hairston ... Member of Hall Johnson Choir (uncredited)
Philip Hurlic ... Carlisle Randall (uncredited)
John Larkin ... Sexton (uncredited)
Johnny Lee ... Angel (uncredited)
Bessie Lyle ... Mrs. Prohack (uncredited)
Etta McDaniel ... Heckler at the Ark (uncredited)
Mantan Moreland ... Angel Removing Hat (uncredited)
Louise Price ... Viney Prohack (uncredited)
Leon Randall ... W.W. Whitfield (uncredited)
Charlotte Sneed ... Carlotta Prohack (uncredited)
Fred 'Snowflake' Toones ... Zubo (uncredited)
Duke Upshaw ... Abel / Dancer #2 (uncredited)
Benevenita Washington ... Flashily Dressed Woman (uncredited)
Rosena Weston ... Zipporah (uncredited)
Bertha Wright ... Slender Angel (uncredited)

Directed by
Marc Connelly 
William Keighley 
 
Writing credits
Roark Bradford (suggested by: Southern Sketches "Ol' Man Adam and His Chillun'")

Marc Connelly (a fable by)

Sheridan Gibney  uncredited

Produced by
Henry Blanke .... supervising producer
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer (uncredited)
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Erich Wolfgang Korngold (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Hal Mohr (photography)
 
Art Direction by
Stanley Fleischer 
Allen Saalburg 
 
Costume Design by
Milo Anderson (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sherry Shourds .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Maurice Golden .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Charles David Forrest .... sound (uncredited)
Nathan Levinson .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Fred Jackman .... special photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Lawrence Kennedy .... head gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
George Amy .... film editor
 
Music Department
Hall Johnson .... choral conductor: Hall Johnson choir
Hall Johnson .... music arranger: choral
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director (uncredited)
Hugo Friedhofer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
S. Charles Einfeld .... press agent (uncredited)
Frank Fox .... script clerk (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (as Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. have the honor to present)
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Runtime:
93 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Finland:K-16 (1945) | Finland:(Banned) (1936) | USA:Approved (PCA #1915) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Trivia:
The original Broadway stage production won the 1930 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It opened February 26, 1930, at the Mansfield Theatre in New York, and ran for 640 performances. Juanita Hall, who later played "Bloody Mary" in the stage and film versions of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's classic South Pacific (1958), appeared in the original stage production.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: One of Noah's son's rides a zebra that is clearly a donkey or mule made to look like a zebra. Two real zebras are loaded while he rides the fake.See more »
Quotes:
Gabriel:Gangway for the lord god, Jehovah!See more »

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31 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
One of a Kind, 12 June 1999
Author: gbheron from Washington, DC

The Green Pastures enacts Old Testament Bible stories as seen through the eyes of rural black children. The movie begins in a ramshackle church, generations ago, presumably in the Deep South. As the Sunday School teacher relates the Bible stories we are transported to Heaven to witness the Creation, the Banishment from the Garden of Eden, the Flood, and the Exodus. An all-black cast, speaking in the rural idiom, and set in modern day (1930s) surroundings makes for one of the most unique movies you will ever see.

All the pieces fit together perfectly. It's a joy to watch, deeply spiritual, and the gospel choir accompaniment is an added treat. Grade A.

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