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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 »
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 »
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  (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)
Theresa Harris ... Angel (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)
Etta Moten ... Angel (uncredited)

Clarence Muse ... Angel (uncredited)
Louise Price ... Viney Prohack (uncredited)
Leon Randall ... W.W. Whitfield (uncredited)
Charlotte Sneed ... Carlotta Prohack (uncredited)
Carolynne Snowden ... Angel (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)
DistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
93 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Finland:K-16 (1945) | Finland:(Banned) (1936) | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #1915) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Ranked 9th best movie in 1936 by Film Daily's annual poll of critics.See more »
Incorrectly regarded as 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 »
Gabriel:Gangway for the lord god, Jehovah!See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of The Green Pastures (1959) (TV)See more »
Hallelujah, King Jesus!See more »


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31 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
A Must-see Treat!, 4 November 2004
Author: Bawoof from United States

I realize that many modern audiences might be turned off by this film due to the politically correct times we live in--probably moreso for the religious references than for the racial stereotypes. Nonetheless, it's a genuine feel-good movie full of love, kindness, and yes, morality. I'd first read the play for a drama class many years ago, and I was absolutely stunned by it, although I figured that I'd never get to see a production of it. Imagine my delight finding it in the video store and actually taking all of it in. BTW--regarding the racial issues here: it continually amazes me how so many people in the African-American community would find this film and "Song of the South" offensive, yet these same people praise Nelly for "Pimpin'" and Ludicrous touting "Ho's in the bedroom." Maybe I'm missing something here, but I don't like itwhen whites tout ghetto stereotypes, and it's just as offensive to me when blacks do it. Yet, we MUST protect the children from "Green Pastures" and "Song of the South" because they perpetuate "racist stereotypes." Okay, I'm off my soap box--rent this film--it's a masterpiece.

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