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Native Land (1942)

Not Rated | | Drama, History | 11 May 1942 (USA)
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 »

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Narrator / Vocalist (voice)
Fred Johnson ...
Fred Hill, farmer
Mary George ...
Hill's Wife
John Rennick ...
Hill's Son
Amelia Romano ...
Window Scrubber
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White Sharecropper (as Housely Stevens)
Louis Grant ...
Black Sharecropper
James Hanney ...
Mack, union president
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Jim - informant (as Howard DaSylva)
Art Smith ...
Harry Carlyle
Bert Conway
Richard Bishop ...
Spy Executive
Charles Jordan
Vaughn King ...
Mary, Mack's wife
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Frank Mason, grocer
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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. In dramatizations, we see a farmer beaten for speaking up at a meeting, a union man murdered in a boarding house, two sharecroppers near Fort Smith Arkansas shot by men deputized by the local sheriff, a spy stealing the names of union members, and a dead Chicago union man eulogized. In archival footage we witness police and goons beating lawfully assembled union organizers, and we see men at work and union families at play. The narration celebrates patriotism and democracy. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Native Land was a very compelling documentary of what unions went through in the mid-20th century
21 February 2014 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

When Paul Robeson returned to the U.S. after spending the previous 12 years in England, this was the first film here he was involved in which he narrates about the plight of various union workers being oppressed-and even killed-for speaking up. This film-directed by Paul Strand & Leo Hurwitz-is a mixture of reenactments and actual documentary footage about certain events. Compelling score by Marc Blitzstein and Robeson gives his narration some feeling. Some scenes may shock in the way many deaths occur. The tone veers back-and-forth between despair and inspiration but there always seem some purpose to what is happening and depicted. So on that note, I recommend Native Land. P.S. The disc I saw this on was part of the Paul Robeson collection and had a nice extra called "The Story of Native Land" which has Tom Hurwitz-son of co-director Leo-recount how it came to be.


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