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Leadbelly (1976)

The life of Blues and folk singer Huddie Leadbetter, nicknamed Leadbelly is recounted. Covering the good times and bad from his 20s to 40s. Much of that time was spent on chain gangs in the... See full summary »

Director:

Gordon Parks

Writer:

Ernest Kinoy
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roger E. Mosley ... Huddie Ledbetter
James Brodhead James Brodhead ... John Lomax
John McDonald John McDonald ... Tom Pruitt
Leonard Wrentz Leonard Wrentz ... Guard
Ernie Hudson ... Archie (as Earnest L. Hudson)
Dana Manno Dana Manno ... Margaret Judd
William Wintersole ... Sheriff Gibbons
Paul Benjamin ... Wes Ledbetter
Lynn Hamilton ... Sally Ledbetter
Carole Lamond Carole Lamond ... Laura May
Melba Englander Melba Englander ... Evaline
Pamela Singleton Pamela Singleton ... Fat Bessie
Rozaa Jean Rozaa Jean ... Sugar Tit
Nat Williams Nat Williams ... Albert
Madge Sinclair ... Miss Eula
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The life of Blues and folk singer Huddie Leadbetter, nicknamed Leadbelly is recounted. Covering the good times and bad from his 20s to 40s. Much of that time was spent on chain gangs in the south. Even in prison he became well known for the songs he had composed and sung during and before the time he spent there. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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They chased him down with dogs, chained him in iron, beat him with rawhide, slammed him in the sweatbox. They tried to bury Leadbelly, but Leadbelly wouldn't lie down. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Lead Belly (Huddie Ledbetter) was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. See more »

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On commercial television, the character names "Dicklicker" and "Sugar Tit" are usually blacked out in the end credits. See more »

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Huddie Leadbetter, the development of Blues.
18 November 2001 | by rflackSee all my reviews

I chanced seeing this documentary about a year or so ago purely by accident and found it to be an extraordinary piece of biographical work on the life of Huddie Ledbetter. The music was really well done and Roger Mosby did a superb job of playing the key role of Ledbetter. I was aware that Huddie Ledbetter had spent quite a bit of time in various jails or prisons and that experience had contributed to his music, but until I saw this movie I never really had a true appreciation of all he had gone through. I highly recommend this to anybody who wants to know what really happened to Huddie Ledbetter and his contributions to the development of Blues music in the United States.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Leadbelly See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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