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John Henry and the Inky-Poo (1946)

In this George Pal Puppetoon (production number U5-6), John Henry (voice of Rex Ingram), legendary figure of American folklore, goes to work for the C.& O. Railroad, which, shortly ... See full summary »

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In this George Pal Puppetoon (production number U5-6), John Henry (voice of Rex Ingram), legendary figure of American folklore, goes to work for the C.& O. Railroad, which, shortly thereafter, buys an automatic steel-driving engine, called the Inky-Poo. John Henry matches his strength against the Inky-Poo, saying that any man can beat a machine because a man has a mind. John Henry wins, but drops at the finish, never to rise again. The choral music background is by the Luvenia Nash Singers. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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At George Pal's insistence, all the singers and voice-over artists were African-American. See more »

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John Henry: My name's John Henry, woman!
John Henry's Mother: Pleased to know you, son! I's your ma!
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Featured in The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal (1985) See more »

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A "lost" animation artform that is totally enthralling.
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A beautifully done animation whose message of "persistence" would be lost if done in todays' often sarcastic style of story-telling. Truly artfull clay-mation that still looks great, compared even to todays computer generated offerings.


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