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The Green Pastures (1936)

Approved | | Drama | 1 August 1936 (USA)
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God, heaven, and several Old Testament stories, including the Creation and Noah's Ark, are described supposedly using the perspective of rural, black Americans.

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Roark Bradford (suggested by: Southern Sketches "Ol' Man Adam and His Chillun'"), Marc Connelly (a fable by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rex Ingram ... De Lawd / Adam / Hezdrel
Oscar Polk ... Gabriel
Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson ... Noah (as Eddie Anderson)
Frank H. Wilson Frank H. Wilson ... Moses (as Frank Wilson)
George Reed ... Mr. Deshee
Abraham Gleaves Abraham Gleaves ... Archangel
Myrtle Anderson Myrtle Anderson ... Eve
Al Stokes Al Stokes ... Cain
Edna Mae Harris Edna Mae Harris ... Zeba (as Edna M. Harris)
James Fuller James Fuller ... Cain the Sixth
George Randol George Randol ... High Priest
Ida Forsyne Ida Forsyne ... Noah's Wife
Ray Martin Ray Martin ... Shem
Charles Andrews Charles Andrews ... Flatfoot (as Chas. Andrews)
Dudley Dickerson ... Ham
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God, heaven, and several Old Testament stories, including the Creation and Noah's Ark, are described supposedly using the perspective of rural, black Americans.

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The original Broadway stage production won the 1930 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It opened February 26, 1930, at the Mansfield Theatre in New York, and ran for 640 performances. Juanita Hall, who later played "Bloody Mary" in the stage and film versions of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's classic South Pacific (1958), appeared in the original stage production. See more »

Goofs

One of Noah's son's rides a zebra that is clearly a donkey or mule made to look like a zebra. Two real zebras are loaded while he rides the fake. See more »

Quotes

Gabriel: Gangway for the lord god, Jehovah!
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Soundtracks

Lord, I Don't Feel Noways Tired
(uncredited)
Traditional spiritual from Hampton and Its Students (1872)
Performed by the Hall Johnson Choir
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One of a Kind
12 June 1999 | by gbheronSee all my reviews

The Green Pastures enacts Old Testament Bible stories as seen through the eyes of rural black children. The movie begins in a ramshackle church, generations ago, presumably in the Deep South. As the Sunday School teacher relates the Bible stories we are transported to Heaven to witness the Creation, the Banishment from the Garden of Eden, the Flood, and the Exodus. An all-black cast, speaking in the rural idiom, and set in modern day (1930s) surroundings makes for one of the most unique movies you will ever see.

All the pieces fit together perfectly. It's a joy to watch, deeply spiritual, and the gospel choir accompaniment is an added treat. Grade A.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1936 (USA) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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