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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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Film debut of Ernie Hudson. 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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Leadbelly film fans note great job by Art Evans as Blind Lemon
9 September 2006 | by AntonAppleSee all my reviews

This dramatization of the life of Leadbelly is greatly helped by having a SECOND great dalesman in the story, as his road buddy for a time, the historic recording artist BLIND LEMON JEFFERSON, played here by a sighted actor-musician, ART EVANS, in his first major role. Art has gone on to appear in a total of 85 roles in TV and the movies, according to his listing on IMDb (q.v.). Art, why don't you give IMDb a photo? Blind Lemon was a star in his day, recording "Please See That My Grave Is Kept Clean" and "Matchbox Blues" among others in the late Nineteen Twenties, but died, homeless, in Chicago, one winter in the early Thirties. This movie is televised occasionally -- watch for it -- HINT: try Black History Month, February!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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