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1 | 2 | 3 | 4
Release Date:
3 October 1950 (USA) See more »
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A comedy series of a family with the central role pointed to their Negro domestic who pulls the weekly family situations together with more common sense than all of the other family members.
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Cast

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Ethel Waters ... Beulah (39 episodes, 1950-1951)

Louise Beavers ... Beulah (33 episodes, 1952)
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Series Directed by
Richard L. Bare (3 episodes, 1952)

Jean Yarbrough (unknown episodes)
 
Series Writing credits
Harry Clork (3 episodes, 1950-1952)
James Hill (3 episodes, 1950-1952)

Series Produced by
Tom McKnight .... producer (13 episodes, 1950-1952)
Roland D. Reed .... producer (7 episodes, 1950-1952)
Guy V. Thayer Jr. .... associate producer (4 episodes, 1952)
 
Series Original Music by
Alexander Laszlo (1 episode, 1950)
 
Series Cinematography by
Walter Strenge (4 episodes, 1952)
 
Series Film Editing by
Thomas Neff (4 episodes, 1952)
 
Series Art Direction by
McClure Capps (4 episodes, 1952)
 
Series Production Management
Richard L'Estrange .... production manager (4 episodes, 1952)
 
Series Editorial Department
S. Roy Luby .... supervising editor (4 episodes, 1952)
 
Series Music Department
Ted Cain .... music supervisor (4 episodes, 1952)
 

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30 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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Ethel Waters' first TV role.See more »
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18 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Wonderful show for its time, 25 January 2007
Author: papabear-10

With people today being so sensitive to practically everything, the tendency is to assume that "Beulah" was racist. This is simply not true.

Although a domestic, Beulah was never subservient. It was to Beulah that the family turned whenever there was a problem, and it was Beulah that always kept her cool no matter what was happening.

Its true that her boyfriend, Bill Jackson, was somewhat lazy, but even he owned a fix-it shop. It just that was never in a hurry to fix anything. He was more interested in Beulah's cooking.

Butterfly McQueen played Beulah's best friend Oriole. Oriole was scatterbrained, but sort of in the same way that Gracie Allen was scatterbrained.

None of the characters was ever demeaned, talked down to, or "dissed" (I hate that word.) Today the racism industry calls it racist simply because it depicted a black woman as a domestic. Actually, it was simply a light-hearted family comedy which reflected life in the early 50s.

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