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Leadbelly (1976)

PG  |   |  Biography, Drama, Music  |  28 May 1976 (USA)
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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... See full summary »

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The life story of Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter.

Director: Curt Hahn
Stars: Leadbelly, Pete Seeger, Harry Belafonte
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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
Vivian Bonnell ...
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 ...
Evaline
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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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Huddie Leadbetter, the development of Blues.
18 November 2001 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

I chanced seeing this documentary about a year or so ago purely by accident and found it to be an extraordinary piece of biographical work on the life of Huddie Ledbetter. The music was really well done and Roger Mosby did a superb job of playing the key role of Ledbetter. I was aware that Huddie Ledbetter had spent quite a bit of time in various jails or prisons and that experience had contributed to his music, but until I saw this movie I never really had a true appreciation of all he had gone through. I highly recommend this to anybody who wants to know what really happened to Huddie Ledbetter and his contributions to the development of Blues music in the United States.


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