In this musical comedy, Paul Robeson stars as Joe, a Marseilles docker hired by a wealthy English couple to find their missing son. When Joe finds him, he learns he escaped of his own will,... See full summary »
A minister is malevolent and sinister behind his righteous facade. He consorts with, and later extorts from, the owner of a gambling house, and betrays an honest girl, eventually driving ... See full summary »
Paul Robeson narrates a mix of dramatizations and archival footage about the bill of rights being under attack during the 1930s by union busting corporations, their spies and contractors. ... See full summary »
An examination of the life of actor and singer Paul Robeson, from his first major triumphs on the stage in the 1920s through his gradually increasing social activism in the 1930s and 1940s,... See full summary »
Saul J. Turell
During the Great War, a Negro corporal, Jericho Jackson, disobeys an order and saves crewmen trapped below deck after an attack. A sergeant dies in the incident; Jackson is court-martialed and sentenced to death. He bolts, and his captain unjustly gets a five-year sentence for aiding his escape; the captain vows to bring Jackson to justice. Meanwhile, Jackson has stolen a boat and sailed from Bordeaux to Morocco where his skills as a physician give him a new lease on life. He becomes a chief responsible for negotiating peace among tribes and leading the annual great salt caravan. A confrontation with his old captain is, however, unavoidable. Can there be justice? Written by
This film was first telecast on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT Wednesday 5 June 1940. It is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. See more »
Paul Robeson once again astounds with his acting and singing in Jericho
This is another Paul Robeson film I watched on a DVD set collection of his selected movies. In this one, he plays a World War I soldier who despite saving some lives, also disobeyed orders of a superior officer and accidentally killed him. So he gets court martialed but then manages to escape. Unfortunately, that also means the officer in charge of guarding him (Henry Wilcoxon) will serve five years in prison for supposedly aiding him. Robeson then stows away with another drifter (Wallace Ford) before they settle in a desert area. I'll stop there and just say this was another compellingly told drama from Robeson and, of course, he gets to display his fine singing voice as well. So on that point, I recommend Jericho. P.S. I just found out this Wallace Ford was the same one whose last role was that of an alcoholic grandfather in Sidney Poitier's A Patch of Blue.
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