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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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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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Soundtracks

One Kiss
Music by Eric Ansell
Lyrics by James Dyrenforth (uncredited)
Sung by Elisabeth Welch in the cafe; reprised by her
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Paul Robeson's Big Fella is an enjoyable slight trifle of a movie
21 February 2014 | by tavmSee all my reviews

After starring in Song of Freedom together, Paul Robeson and Elizabeth Welch reunited in this, Big Fella. They end up temporarily caring for a rich white kid (Eldon Gorst) who's run away from his parents because he feels stifled. I'll stop there and just say it's wonderful to once again hear both Robeson and Ms. Welch singing to their heart's content whenever they get the chance. I was partly amused by the plot and some of the interactions though this is probably the most trifle of Robeson's British movies. Good thing it's only an hour and 10 minutes. Since this is Black History Month, I have to note also the appearance of Lawrence Brown as one of Paul's friends. Oh, and also Paul's wife Eslanda as the café proprietor who gives him a tongue lashing at one point. Both previously appeared with him in Jericho. So on that note, Big Fella is worth a look.


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