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Native Son (1951)

In 1940s Chicago, a young black man takes a job as a chauffeur to a white family, which takes a turn for the worse when he accidentally kills the teenage daughter of the couple and then tries to cover it up.

Director:

Pierre Chenal

Writers:

Pierre Chenal, Richard Wright (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Wright Richard Wright ... Bigger Thomas
Jean Wallace ... Mary Dalton
Nicholas Joy ... Henry Dalton
Gloria Madison Gloria Madison ... Bessie Mears
Charles Cane Charles Cane ... Det. Britten
George Rigaud ... Farley, a reporter
George D. Green George D. Green ... Panama
Willa Pearl Curtis Willa Pearl Curtis ... Mrs. Hannah Thomas
Gene Michael Gene Michael ... Jan Erlone
Don Dean Don Dean ... Max
Ned Campbell Ned Campbell ... Buckley
Ruth Robert Ruth Robert ... Helen Dalton
George Nathanson George Nathanson ... Joe, a reporter
Georges Roos Georges Roos ... Scoop
Lewis MacKenzie Lewis MacKenzie ... Stanley
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Storyline

In 1940s Chicago, a young black man takes a job as a chauffeur to a white family, which takes a turn for the worse when he accidentally kills the teenage daughter of the couple and then tries to cover it up.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

I didn't mean to KILL her! See more »

Genres:

Drama

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Details

Country:

Argentina | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 March 1951 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

En skugga faller See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Canada Lee was set to star as Bigger Thomas (he had shot to fame in Orson Welles's Broadway production of Native Son), but he was stuck in limbo with South African customs agents during the filming of Cry, the Beloved Country (1951), not to mention his failing health eventually caused Lee to back out of the project. See more »

Connections

Remade as Native Son (1986) See more »

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Dubbed Voices Were of Local Residents
8 July 2001 | by ectocusSee all my reviews

When Native Son was made in Argentina in 1950 some of the actors were not from the United States, thus they spoke English with accents not realistic for the characters they portrayed. Dialogue was then dubbed using the voices of local American residents of Buenos Aires. I was then a student at an American high school in BA; they came to the school looking for an American boy and girl to be the voices of Bigger Thomas' brother and sister. I did Vera Thomas' voice and a boy whose Dad was in the Navy did the voice of Bigger's brother. We got off school for two days and as I recall we were paid 300 pesos. Mr. Chanal drove us home afterwards. My big line was, "Eeek, eeek, a rat!". It's a long time ago but I seem to remember that some parts were actually played by non-actor local Americans. After 49 years, I saw this movie again in 1999 and couldn't believe how amateurish it is, but in many ways the making of this movie was Amateur Night, so that makes sense.


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