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John Henry and the Inky-Poo (1946)

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In this George Pal Puppetoon (production number U5-6), John Henry (voice of Rex Ingram), legendary figure of American folklore, goes to work for the C.& O. Railroad, which, shortly ... See full summary »

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In this George Pal Puppetoon (production number U5-6), John Henry (voice of Rex Ingram), legendary figure of American folklore, goes to work for the C.& O. Railroad, which, shortly thereafter, buys an automatic steel-driving engine, called the Inky-Poo. John Henry matches his strength against the Inky-Poo, saying that any man can beat a machine because a man has a mind. John Henry wins, but drops at the finish, never to rise again. The choral music background is by the Luvenia Nash Singers. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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6 September 1946 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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At George Pal's insistence, all the singers and voice-over artists were African-American. See more »

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John Henry: My name's John Henry, woman!
John Henry's Mother: Pleased to know you, son! I's your ma!
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Featured in The Emperor's Nightingale (1949) See more »

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Amazing animated short!
4 October 2001 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

George Pal created some incredible animation nd this is one of his best works. Nominated for an Academy Award, this works across the board. The choice of Rex Ingram as the voice was perfect, the script is marvelous and the detail in the puppets is meticulous, as always. Pal's creations are so perfect that they seem real! I'm glad that this is available on DVD. It's also on the old VHS version of The Puppetoon Movie, which is out-of-print but can be found used. Well worh the effort to see. Most highly Recommended


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