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Bright Road (1953)

Approved | | Drama, Music | 17 April 1953 (USA)
Based on the story "See How They Run," which ran in the June 1951 issue of "The Ladies' Home Journal" and subsequently won that year's Christopher Award. The story was written by Mary ... See full summary »

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C.T. Young
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Tanya Hamilton (as Barbara Ann Sanders)
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Howard McNeeley ...
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Robert McNeeley ...
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Sarahlene Babcock
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James Moultrie ...
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Carolyn Ann Jackson ...
Mary Louise
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Based on the story "See How They Run," which ran in the June 1951 issue of "The Ladies' Home Journal" and subsequently won that year's Christopher Award. The story was written by Mary Elizabeth Vroman, a fourth-generation schoolteacher from the British West Indies. "Bright Road" has only one white actor in the cast, Robert Horton. Jane Richards, a young fourth-grade teacher in the South, faces a challenge in the form of 11-year-old C.T. Young, a backward boys whose pride has made him a stubborn rebel and an exalted liar. Jane believes in him, then discovers his interest in nature when he spends his time watching a caterpillar in a tree trunk as it develops a cocoon. C. T. is devoted to his family and also to little Tanya, who adores him. When Tanya dies of viral pneumonia despite Dr. Mitchell's efforts to save her, the embittered C.T. stays away from school; when he returns, he gets into a fight and gets sent to Coventry. But when a swarm of bees invades the classroom and panics the ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The award story from the ladies' home journal has become the most unusual picture of the year!

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17 April 1953 (USA)  »

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L'appel de la vie  »

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Trivia

Film debut of Harry Belafonte. See more »

Quotes

C.T. Young: You know what Miss Richards?
Jane Richards: What C.T.?
C.T. Young: I love you.
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Connections

Referenced in To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995) See more »

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Sweet and Low
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Written by Charles L. Johnson and Sidney Homer
Sung by Dorothy Dandridge
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Quietly Wonderful
24 May 2006 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Dorothy Dandridge as a young teacher, Miss Richards, on her first year of teaching and the relationship she has with a student named C.T. C.T. is from a large, poor family, he's slightly troubled, won't study, arrives late his first day, and just doesn't care about school - yet he is kind, bright, and always seems to have a smile. Now in the fourth grade, he has spent most of his school years flunking and spending two years in each grade. Miss Richards tries to help him and meantime has a small flirtation (yeah, really quite small) with the hunky, guitar-playing, school principal (Harry Belafonte). C.T. has a soft spot in his own heart for his pretty little schoolmate, Tanya, and the two have a sweet little romance with walks home from school hand in hand.

Well, this film is really a sort of hidden little jewel - how'd I manage to miss it all these years?! They also manage to fit in a few singing spots for Harry Belafonte and Dorothy Dandridge, who gives a very sensitive portrayal of the new teacher (with interesting voice-overs of her inner voice speaking to herself). She also looks quite lovely in plain make-up and clothing. A special and different film.


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