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Big Fella (1937)

In this musical comedy, Paul Robeson stars as Joe, a Marseilles docker hired by a wealthy English couple to find their missing son. When Joe finds him, he learns he escaped of his own will,... See full summary »

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J. Elder Wills
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paul Robeson ... Joe
Elisabeth Welch Elisabeth Welch ... Amanda 'Manda'
Roy Emerton Roy Emerton ... Spike
James Hayter ... Chuck
Lawrence Brown Lawrence Brown ... Corney
Eldon Gorst Eldon Gorst ... Gerald Oliphant (as Eldon Grant)
Marcelle Rogez Marcelle Rogez ... Marietta
Eric Cowley Eric Cowley ... Ferdy Oliphant
Joyce Kennedy Joyce Kennedy ... Mrs. Oliphant
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In this musical comedy, Paul Robeson stars as Joe, a Marseilles docker hired by a wealthy English couple to find their missing son. When Joe finds him, he learns he escaped of his own will, and takes him to stay with a local singer. They offer him a refuge from his repressed white parents. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Een zwarte idylle See more »

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Mono (RCA Photophone System)

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1.37 : 1
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Ma Curly Headed Baby
Written by G.H. Clutsam
Sung by Paul Robeson
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ignore the story listen to the singing
25 August 2017 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

This is one of a number of films that Robeson made here in the UK simply because he couldn't get decent parts in American films because of the colour of his skin.Its just a shame that some of the films he made here,like this one were second rate.So the best thing to do is wait for the numerous musical numbers from both Robeson and Welch.He had a truly magnificent voice.


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