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The Well (1951)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir | 10 September 1951 (USA)
A small, racially mixed American town succumbs to violence and utter mayhem after a white man, who is suspected of kidnapping a missing black girl, is released by the white authority.

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(as Leo Popkin),

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(written for the screen by), (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gwendolyn Laster ...
Carolyn
Richard Rober ...
Ben Kellog
...
Mrs. Crawford
George Hamilton ...
Grandfather
Ernest Anderson ...
Mr. Crawford
...
Mickey
...
Stan
Pat Mitchell ...
Peter
Margaret Wells ...
Schoolteacher
Wheaton Chambers ...
Woody
Michael Ross ...
Frank
Russell Trent ...
Chet
Allen Mathews ...
Hal
John Philips ...
Fred
Walter Morrison ...
Art
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In a racially mixed American town, a 5-year-old black girl falls unnoticed into a hidden, forgotten well on her way to school. Having nothing better to go on, the police follow up a report that the child was seen with a white stranger, and rumors run wild. Before hapless, innocent Claude Packard is even found, popular hysteria has him tried and convicted. But Packard's troubles pale by comparison as ever more inflated rumors uncap the well of racial tensions and mob violence. And young Carolyn Crawford, forgotten by most, is still missing... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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10 September 1951 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The gang who was chasing the young man down the street are closer to the car before the scene change of the car driving off. See more »

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Excellent!
27 August 2002 | by (Newfoundland, Canada) – See all my reviews

A little black girl falls down a well. Police search for her to no avail. Soon it is discovered she was seen with an older white man that same day. All of this leads up to the man being arrested and racial tensions rising and eventually spinning out of control. Entirely believable for the time and era.

This terrific films studies the make-up of a small town and displays both the town at its ugliest(when the town so easily and realistically descends into a mob) and at its finest(when they discover the little girl's real whereabouts and set out to try and rescue her). The actors/actresses in this film are well-chosen as they look and act like real townfolk.


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