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10 April 1944 (USA) See more »
Documentary focusing on the contributions to the American war effort of African-American soldiers. | Add synopsis »
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Gertrude Elise Ayer ... Herself - Principal (archive footage)
Richard Barthe ... Himself - Sculptor (archive footage)
Erich Borchmeyer ... Himself (archive footage)
William Broadus
Clarence Brooks
Dean Dixon ... Himself - Conductor (archive footage)
Norman Ford (as Lt. Norman Ford)
W.C. Handy ... Himself (archive footage)
Matthew Henson ... Himself - Polar Explorer (archive footage)
Cornelius Johnson ... Himself (archive footage)
Henry Johnson ... Himself - WW1 Soldier (archive footage)

Joe Louis ... Himself (archive footage)
Ralph Metcalfe ... Himself (archive footage)
Carlton Moss ... Minister
Lawrence Reddick ... Himself - Museum Curator (archive footage)
Philip H.M. Savory ... Himself - Philanthropist (archive footage)

Max Schmeling ... Himself (archive footage)
Hiroshi Tanaka ... Himself - High Jumper (archive footage)
Vivien Thomas ... Himself - Doctor (archive footage)
Clyde Turner (as Sgt. Clyde Turner)
James S. Watson ... Himself - Judge (archive footage)
Gustav Weinkötz ... Himself - High Jumper (archive footage)
Bertha Woolford (as Bertha Wolford)
George Washington Carver ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Benjamin O. Davis Jr. ... Himself (uncredited)

Jesse Owens ... Himself - 1936 Olympic Games (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Stuart Heisler  (as Capt. Stuart Heisler)
Writing credits
Carlton Moss 

Produced by
Frank Capra .... producer (as Col. Frank Capra)
Original Music by
Albert Glasser (uncredited)
Calvin Jackson (uncredited)
Howard Jackson (uncredited)
Earl Robinson (uncredited)
Dimitri Tiomkin (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Allen Q. Thompson  (as CPO Alan Thompson)
Paul Vogel  (as Lt. Paul C. Vogel)
Horace Woodard  (as Capt. Horace Woodward)
Production Management
Ralph W. Nelson .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ralph Donaldson .... assistant director (uncredited)
Lee Katz .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Haldane Douglas .... designer: church set (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bill Hamilton .... sound crew (uncredited)
Cy Harper .... sound crew (uncredited)
Harold Lee .... sound crew (uncredited)
Tom McAdoo .... sound cutter (uncredited)
William Montague .... chief of sound (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... photographic effects (uncredited)
Gordon Jennings .... photographic effects (uncredited)
Paul K. Lerpae .... photographic effects (uncredited)
Ray Mercer .... photographic effects (uncredited)
Alfred Schmid .... photographic effects (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Cecil Axemear .... grip (uncredited)
William Birch .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Edward Comfort .... grip (uncredited)
Sgt. Dean .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Lloyd Fromm .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Jack Hageny .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Howard Roberts .... chief electrician (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Hugh S. Fowler .... assistant film cutter (uncredited)
Music Department
Leo Arnaud .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Lucien Cailliet .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Eddie Dunstedter .... conductor (uncredited)
James Graham .... music cutter (uncredited)
Jester Hairston .... choral director (uncredited)
Ed Hare .... assistant music cutter (uncredited)
John C. Jackson .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Phil Moore .... orchestrator (uncredited)
William Grant Still .... orchestrator (uncredited)
David Tamkin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Dimitri Tiomkin .... musical director (uncredited)
Other crew
Truman Gibson .... advisor
Charles Dollard .... consultant (uncredited)
Maurice Monette .... liaison officer (uncredited)
Carlton Moss .... technical advisor (uncredited)

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Additional Details

43 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Produced by Frank Capra, the film makes use of the same stock footage of a bell ringing out that opens Capra's first post-WWII film, It's A Wonderful Life. The bell appears on screen about 9 minutes into the film, as the narrator discusses the contribution of African American to Washington's Army.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Classified X (1998) (TV)See more »
Arms For The Love Of AmericaSee more »


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We're all one big happy family., 11 May 2017
Author: MartinHafer from Bradenton, Florida

"The Negro Soldier" is a film you wouldn't show in the 21st century. With our hyper-awareness of racism and its evils, folks today would immediately notice that the documentary paints a ridiculous image of 'we're all one big happy family' in regard to blacks in America during WWII. The truth is, they were second-class soldiers serving in a mostly segregated military. Blacks serving on naval vessels usually were assigned roles as glorified domestics--serving coffee and the like to the white sailors. And, even with the famed Tuskeegee Airmen and their wonderful service record, they were never integrated into white units. So, despite the image the film is trying to create, viewers today will quickly dismiss this as mere wartime propaganda...which it is.

Now I am not saying it's a badly made film. While the framework of a minister giving his sermon on Americanism and the war effort is patently ridiculous, as well as his congregation members joining in on the sermon...the effect is also rather sweet. An odd dichotomy, I know.

My advice is by all means watch the film. It does celebrate the many achievements of black soldiers...and it an interesting curio of the day...a flawed curio, of course.

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