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Mantha Starr grows up as a privileged southern Belle in the ante-bellum South but after her father dies broke, her world is destroyed when she discovers her mother was black.

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Living in Kentucky prior to the Civil War, Amantha Starr is a privileged young woman. Her widower father, a wealthy plantation owner, dotes on her and he sends her to the best schools. When he dies suddenly however, Amantha's world is turned upside down. She learns that her father had been living on borrowed money and that her mother was actually a slave and her father's mistress. The plantation is to be sold to pay off her father's debts and as the daughter of slave, Amantha is also to be sold as property. She is bought by a Louisiana plantation owner, Hamish Bond and over time she grows to love him until she learns he was a slave-trader. She tries again to become part of white society but realizes that her future lies elsewhere. Written by garykmcd

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You're no blue blood any more, honey. The master bought you...and now he's waitin'!

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3 August 1957 (USA)  »

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Weint um die Verdammten  »

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The film proved to be a complete failure on release, both critically and commercially. Clark Gable was annoyed by the comparisons with Gone with the Wind (1939) and instructed his agent, "If it doesn't suit an old geezer with false teeth, forget about it." He also decided to part company with Raoul Walsh, previously one of his favorite directors. See more »

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Amantha Starr: You say you won't touch me. You give me your *word* as a gentleman. Well, what's to stop you from breakin' your word late one night and forcin' yourself on me while I sleep?
Hamish Bond: [grins] Only the word of a gentleman.
Amantha Starr: [late that night, unable to sleep] He said he wouldn't. But those are his footsteps, coming down the hall. Coming closer!
[listens tensely]
Amantha Starr: He didn't! Not tonight, anyway. Why not?
[Frowning at first, she thinks it over, then gradually falls asleep]
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Featured in Biography: Yvonne DeCarlo: Gilded Lily (2000) See more »

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Music by Max Steiner
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In defense of Band of Angels
3 September 2005 | by (France) – See all my reviews

I saw Band of angels at the Cinemathèque in Paris about thirty years ago, and yet i have not forget the film. What a splendid melodrama, a melodrama like Emilio Fernandez "el indio" could do in Mexico, or the great Philipino author of "Insiang". A melodrama with political flavor. Of course we are in the United States in the Fifties, and we know Yvonne DE Carlo will not leave at the end with Sydney Poitier! But the idea -which is totally possible- of a person with black blood, appearing totally white, and even ignoring her family links was a good way to help a white audience realise the cruelty and the insanity of racism (didn't Upton Sinclair wrote a novell on this theme?). The scene in the boat where the slave merchant tries to rape Yvonne, and she commits suicide, films frankly a theme that was not common on an Hollywood film, the institutionalised rape of afro-American women by whites. In the same time the scene where she is sold in auction, (and bought up by Clarck Gable, one the most wanted man of the time), bring another strange dimension, the s&m one: its no longer filmed realistically, but like a nightmare or a dream, or a erotic fantasy. We are no longer in Gone with the wind but in Histoire d'O.

Of course, politically, for today standards, it is quite poor, and Sydney Poitier fight for his share with gusto in a film unable to make anything else than a stereotype. It seems the script didn't knew really what to do for him.

The black Mistress of Gable is better treated by the script: her role is to be remembered. She plays it with great sharpness. Was she a theater actress?

And the style of Hawks, those slow movements of camera, those colors...

You have to put back the film in the context...Its a courageous film. Its a clever film. It a very beautiful film.


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