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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 »
The life of Blues and folk singer Huddie Leadbetter, nicknamed Leadbelly is recounted. Covering the good times and bad from his 20s to 40s... See more » | Add synopsis »


  (in credits order)

Roger E. Mosley ... Huddie Ledbetter
Paul Benjamin ... Wes Ledbetter

Madge Sinclair ... Miss Eula
Alan Manson ... Captain Freeman

Albert Hall ... Dicklicker

Art Evans ... Blind Lemon Jefferson
James Brodhead ... John Lomax
John Henry Faulk ... Gov. Pat Neff

Vivian Bonnell ... Old Lady
Dana Manno ... Margaret Judd

Lynn Hamilton ... Sally Ledbetter
Rhetta Greene ... Lethe (as Loretta Greene)
Valerie Odell ... Amy
Rozaa Jean ... Sugar Tit
Melba Englander ... Evaline
Peter Harrell ... Ally George

Ernie Hudson ... Archie (as Earnest L. Hudson)
John McDonald ... Tom Pruitt
Leonard Wrentz ... Guard

William Wintersole ... Sheriff Gibbons
Carole Lamond ... Laura May
Pamela Singleton ... Fat Bessie
George Williams ... Shorty
Timothy Pickard ... Gray Man
William Creamer ... Conductor
Dearl Croft ... Frank
John C. Johnson ... Will
Bill Woodard ... Alex
Robert C. Farrow ... Blacksmith
B.T. Henderson ... Boss #1
Denny Arnold ... Boss #2
James Taylor ... Dog Boy
Drew Thomas ... Sharecropper

John Keith ... Guard

Directed by
Gordon Parks 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ernest Kinoy 

Produced by
David Frost .... executive producer
Jack Grossberg .... executive producer
Marc Merson .... producer
Original Music by
Fred Karlin 
Cinematography by
Bruce Surtees 
Film Editing by
Moe Howard 
Thomas Penick 
Production Design by
Robert F. Boyle 
Set Decoration by
John A. Kuri 
Production Management
Lindsley Parsons Jr. .... executive production manager: Paramount (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Les Landau .... assistant director
Denny Arnold .... stunts
Jim Burk .... stunts
Harold Jones .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Oscar Barber .... camera operator
William D. Barber .... second assistant camera
Timothy E. Wade .... first assistant camera
Mike Redding .... crane operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Pamela Jaye Smith .... location casting director
Music Department
June Edgerton .... music editor
Fred Karlin .... conductor
Brownie McGhee .... musician
Dick Rosmini .... musician
Sonny Terry .... musician
Other crew
Mark Lyon .... production assistant

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Additional Details

126 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Sound Mix:
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Roger E. Mosley's vocals as Huddie Ledbetter were provided by HiTide Harris.See more »


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