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I Passed for White (1960)

 -  Drama  -  18 March 1960 (USA)
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A young girl meets and marries the man of her dreams--only she hasn't told him that she is half-black, and he and his rich family and friends are white.

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Sonya Wilde ...
Bernice Lee / Lila Brownell
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Rick Leyton
Patricia Michon ...
Sally Roberts (as Pat Michon)
Elizabeth Council ...
Ann Leyton
Griffin Crafts ...
Mr. Leyton
Isabel Cooley ...
Bertha (as Isabelle Cooley)
Jimmy Lydon ...
Jay Morgan (as James Lydon)
Thomas Browne Henry ...
Dr. Merritt (as Thomas B. Henry)
Max Mellinger ...
Mr. Gordon
Phyllis Cole ...
Nurse
Calvin Jackson ...
Eddie, in Dance School
Lon Ballantyne ...
Chuck
Temple Hatton ...
Eddie, Friend of Bernice
Freita Shaw ...
Gram
Edmund Hashim ...
Club Patron (as Ed Hashim)
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A young girl meets and marries the man of her dreams--only she hasn't told him that she is half-black, and he and his rich family and friends are white.

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When he took her in his arms...she had crossed the color line! See more »

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Ann Leyton: She's not natural. She's like a cat in a strange attic.
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16 December 2001 | by (Calif, USA) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie when it was released in 1960, I was 16 at the time. I'm not sure why I went to see it unless it was because I liked, actor, James Franciscos, (sorry we lost him). I had a great friend that lived this very story only her husband's family was not wealthy or socialites. I didn't understand all this racial crap at that age but as I grew to learn what LIFE is all about, I began to understand why people that are bi-racial make the choice they do to live a life more "acceptible" by the social standards we determine as such. This movie was very moving to me and although, at l6, I had not fallen in love as yet, I could feel her fears and concern for losing someone she loved in the discovery of her "Dark" secret. I seem to recall being disappointed by the ending when she returned to her mother or grandmother. I believe that LOVE is a powerful entity and emotion and if it TRULY exists can overcome almost anything, including death. I would love to see this movie again and highly recommend it for anyone but especially for anyone who is bi-racial enough to cross the color line and chooses to live the life of the dominant race. I refuse to believe doing so is a sell out but a CHOICE that each person has the RIGHT to make...Who's life or business is it anyway? Perhaps those who persecute are jealous they can not elect to make the same choice. I believe the character left her husband without every revealing what she was (A mistake if it cost her happiness) rather than risk shame and rejection. It is a heart-warming and tear-jerker revelation of reality. I enjoyed it immensely, even at a naive 16 and again, would recommend it to anyone! Would love to have it or see it televised again.


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