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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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1 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Dated., 12 August 2011
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

In light of his strong political and social leanings that Paul Robeson would narrate a strongly pro-union sort of movie. What's interesting about it is that the film links the union spirit with the same forces that fought tyranny and founded America. Much of the film consists of little vignettes that illustrate the importance of unions and the rights of workers.

Unfortunately, while the film probably played pretty well back in its time (as violence against unions was more common), today it seems pretty dull and preachy. Part of it is the style and part of it is that today many of the abuses of workers in the film are not as relevant (such as safety of workers or attacks on union members for exercising their rights to free speech). And, I must point out that similar ideas were presented much better in other films, such as the union-produced "Salt of the Earth". In many ways, this is a film that historians would love but the average worker would not because of its style and subject matter. It tends to drag and probably could have made its point had the film been made in a less documentary and detached style.

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