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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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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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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

El pozo  »

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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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"The Well" is a terrific little movie, and a bold one for 1951. It takes one of the very earliest looks at racism and how it can ... and did in real life in the next decade ... tear apart a community and ultimately a nation. Obviously made on a shoestring budget by mostly unknowns. Some of those involved in the making of this film, I believe, later were blacklisted in Hollywood during the Red-baiting McCarthy era that soon followed. The suspense is relentless and some scenes are heartbreaking. An obscure, near-masterpiece. It deserves to be seen on any level and judged, for the most part, by the standards of its day. Using that yardstick, perhaps it actually deserves a 10. Unfortunately, I doubt many people have seen or heard of this film. HEY, I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE A COPY OF THIS MOVIE!


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