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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 »

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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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Meet Leadbelly - A real man who's a winner! See more »

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Biography | Drama | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1976 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Marlin, Texas, USA

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Roger E. Mosley's vocals as Huddie Ledbetter were provided by HiTide Harris. 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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one of the great movies ever
6 December 2005 | by riverrat-g-rSee all my reviews

I've seen this movie 3 times and would like to know where I can buy a copy of it, either DVD or VHS. The movie itself is great, excellent acting and script ! A job well done Hollywood ! The movie shows the highlight and lowlights of Leadbelly's life and career with pretty decent accuracy . It came across very good on the screen. See if it you ever get a chance especially if you are a fan of southern blues music.

Roger Moseby carried this entire movie by himself aided by a pretty notable staff of other actors and actresses. He makes you feel like he actually was Huddie Ledbetter and that you are right there witnessing the events that unfold.

Again I ask, please let me know where and if I can buy either a VHS or DVD of Leadbelly and many thanks !


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