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Band of Angels (1957)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, Romance | 3 August 1957 (USA)
Amantha Starr grows up as a privileged southern Belle in the ante-bellum South, but after her father dies broke, her world is destroyed when she discovers her mother was black.

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Writers:

Robert Penn Warren (novel), John Twist (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Clark Gable ... Hamish Bond
Yvonne De Carlo ... Amantha Starr
Sidney Poitier ... Rau-Ru
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... Lt. Ethan Sears
Rex Reason ... Capt. Seth Parton
Patric Knowles ... Charles de Marigny
Torin Thatcher ... Capt. Canavan
Andrea King ... Miss Idell
Ray Teal ... Mr. Calloway
Russell Evans Russell Evans ... Jimmee
Carolle Drake ... Michele
Raymond Bailey ... Mr. Stuart
Tommie Moore Tommie Moore ... Dollie
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Storyline

Living in Kentucky prior to the Civil War, Amantha Starr is a privileged young woman. Her widower father, a wealthy plantation owner, dotes on her and he sends her to the best schools. When he dies suddenly however, Amantha's world is turned upside down. She learns that her father had been living on borrowed money and that her mother was actually a slave and her father's mistress. The plantation is to be sold to pay off her father's debts and as the daughter of slave, Amantha is also to be sold as property. She is bought by a Louisiana plantation owner, Hamish Bond and over time she grows to love him until she learns he was a slave-trader. She tries again to become part of white society but realizes that her future lies elsewhere. Written by garykmcd

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You're no blue blood any more, honey. The master bought you...and now he's waitin'! See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 August 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mi pecado fue nacer See more »

Filming Locations:

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,500,000, 31 December 1957
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film proved to be a complete failure on release, both critically and commercially. Clark Gable was annoyed by the comparisons with Gone with the Wind (1939) and instructed his agent, "If it doesn't suit an old geezer with false teeth, forget about it." He also decided to part company with Raoul Walsh, previously one of his favorite directors. See more »

Goofs

Both Michele's and Manty's dresses are closed in the back with zippers which were not yet invented in the 1860s. See more »

Quotes

Hamish Bond: Wherever you go, l don't want to know whee it is - I don' ever want to know where you are...
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Edited into La classe américaine (1993) See more »

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Blow the Man Down
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Performed by Sidney Poitier and heard as a theme
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" There is a vast difference between what you think you are and what you really are "
6 April 2011 | by thinker1691See all my reviews

This film is called " Band of Angels " and with such a title and with Clark Gable as the star, one would expect it to be a motion picture about flying. Instead it's a great surprise to see it is set during the Civil War. Based on the novel by Robert Warren, it tells the story of Amantha Starr (Yvonne De Carlo) an attractive young white girl raised on a southern plantation in a well-to-do fashion. When her father dies, she discovers her wealthy father was in terrible debt and she is sold into slavery, and it is further discovered she is actually the daughter of a female Negro. Fearing the worse, she attempts suicide when she realizes she will be put up for sale at auction. Purchased by Hamish Bond (Clark Gable) a wealthy southern gentleman, introduces her to a fine house and unusual servants. Sidney Poitier is in great form as one sees the early caliber of his acting. Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Rex Reason and Torin Thatcher, make fine additions to this surprisingly good film. Recommended to any who seeks a good movie. ****


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