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Release Date:
11 May 1942 (USA) See more »
Paul Robeson narrates a mix of dramatizations and archival footage about the bill of rights being under... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Paul Robeson ... Narrator / Vocalist (voice)
Fred Johnson ... Fred Hill, farmer
Mary George ... Hill's Wife
John Rennick ... Hill's Son
Amelia Romano ... Window Scrubber
Houseley Stevenson ... White Sharecropper (as Housely Stevens)
Louis Grant ... Black Sharecropper
James Hanney ... Mack, union president
Howard Da Silva ... Jim - informant (as Howard DaSylva)
Art Smith ... Harry Carlyle
Bert Conway
Richard Bishop ... Spy Executive
Charles Jordan
Vaughn King ... Mary, Mack's wife

Robert Strauss ... Frank Mason, grocer
Dolores Cornell ... Girl with Balloon

John Marley ... Thug With Crowbar (as John Marlieb)
Tom Connors Jr. ... Joseph Shumaker (as Tom Connors)
Harry Wilson ... Eugene Poulnot
Charles Webber ... Minister (as Rev. Charles Webber)
Virginia Stevens ... Whitey's Widow
Clancy Cooper ... Whitey's Eulogist
Tom Pedi ... Harry, man helping nurse

Directed by
Leo Hurwitz 
Paul Strand 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Leo Hurwitz 
Ben Maddow  (as David Wolff)
Paul Strand 

Produced by
Leo Hurwitz .... producer
Paul Strand .... producer
Original Music by
Marc Blitzstein 
Cinematography by
Paul Strand 
Film Editing by
Lionel Berman 
Leo Hurwitz 
Bob Stebbins 
Production Management
George Jacobson .... production manager
Sound Department
Ralph Aseev .... sound editor
Bob Stebbins .... sound editor
Editorial Department
Richard Leacock .... assistant editor
Music Department
Lehman Engel .... musical director
Henry Brant .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Julia Milch .... production assistant
Ruth Miller .... production assistant
Alfred Saxe .... associate director
Bill Watts .... associate director

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Additional Details

80 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Reeves Sound System)

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Feature film debut of Robert Strauss.See more »


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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Superb 1930s agitprop detailing attacks on Unions & The Bill of Rights, 4 November 2009
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This barely released piece of Left-Wing cinematic Op-Ed journalism fully lives up to its storied rep. Half documentary/half vignette-sized realizations on Capitalist & vigilante abuse against the Bill of Rights (with an emphasis on Union busting), it's remarkably effective as agitprop and remarkably advanced as sheer film-making. After co-lensing THE PLOW THAT BROKE THE PLAINS/'36, Leo Hurwutz & Paul Strand spent five years putting this together which would have robbed the stories of their immediacy if Pearl Harbor & WWII hadn't already muted so many political controversies 'for the duration.' But modern viewers will appreciate the remarkably up-to-date documentary techniques and the recreations which anticipate movie styles later developed by Elia Kazan & Boris Kaufman in films like ON THE WATERFRONT/'54. Paul Robeson beautifully handles the exceptional narration, and watch for noted NYC blacklisted actors like Howard de Silva & Art Smith. But the real champ here is undoubtedly Paul Strand, a great photographer whose eye is unmistakable in three museum-worthy montage sequences showing Americans going about their daily lives and celebrating holidays on the street.

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