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Big Fella (1937)

| Drama, Musical | 1939 (USA)
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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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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River Steals My Folks from Me
Written by Michael Carr (uncredited) and Will Grosz (as Hugh Williams)
Sung by Paul Robeson
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Paul Robeson is always a pleasure to see and hear.
28 April 1999 | by Art-22See all my reviews

This easy-going musical has two main things going for it. First and foremost, there's Paul Robeson singing five of the movie's songs with his rich baritone voice, always a great pleasure even when the songs aren't too memorable. And second is watching Paul Robeson act in his natural personable style. The plot, with the police asking him to help find a missing boy, was just an excuse to fill in time between songs. But I also enjoyed Elisabeth Welch singing two nice torch songs, and the comedy provided by some of the rest of the cast. A big surprise was seeing the great Margaret Rutherford in a small unbilled role, right at the start of her movie career.


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