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Huddie Ledbetter
Paul Benjamin ...
Wes Ledbetter
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Miss Eula
Alan Manson ...
Captain Freeman
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Dicklicker
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Blind Lemon Jefferson
James Brodhead ...
John Lomax
John Henry Faulk ...
Gov. Pat Neff
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Old Lady
Dana Manno ...
Margaret Judd
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Sally Ledbetter
Rhetta Greene ...
Lethe (as Loretta Greene)
Valerie Odell ...
Amy
Rozaa Jean ...
Sugar Tit
Melba Englander ...
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The life of Blues and folk singer Huddie Leadbetter, nicknamed Leadbelly is recounted. Covering the good times and bad from his 20s to 40s. Much of that time was spent on chain gangs in the south. Even in prison he became well known for the songs he had composed and sung during and before the time he spent there. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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They chased him down with dogs, chained him in iron, beat him with rawhide, slammed him in the sweatbox. They tried to bury Leadbelly, but Leadbelly wouldn't lie down. See more »

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one of the great movies ever
6 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've seen this movie 3 times and would like to know where I can buy a copy of it, either DVD or VHS. The movie itself is great, excellent acting and script ! A job well done Hollywood ! The movie shows the highlight and lowlights of Leadbelly's life and career with pretty decent accuracy . It came across very good on the screen. See if it you ever get a chance especially if you are a fan of southern blues music.

Roger Moseby carried this entire movie by himself aided by a pretty notable staff of other actors and actresses. He makes you feel like he actually was Huddie Ledbetter and that you are right there witnessing the events that unfold.

Again I ask, please let me know where and if I can buy either a VHS or DVD of Leadbelly and many thanks !


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