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The Negro Soldier (1944)

Documentary focusing on the contributions to the American war effort of African-American soldiers.


(as Capt. Stuart Heisler)



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Credited cast:
Gertrude Elise Ayer ... Herself - Principal (archive footage)
Richard Barthe ... Himself - Sculptor (archive footage)
Erich Borchmeyer ... Himself (archive footage)
William Broadus
Clarence Brooks
Dean Dixon ... Himself - Conductor (archive footage)
Norman Ford ... (as Lt. Norman Ford)
W.C. Handy ... Himself (archive footage)
Matthew Henson ... Himself - Polar Explorer (archive footage)
Cornelius Johnson ... Himself (archive footage)
Henry Johnson ... Himself - WW1 Soldier (archive footage)
... Himself (archive footage)
Ralph Metcalfe ... Himself (archive footage)
Carlton Moss ... Minister
Lawrence Reddick ... Himself - Museum Curator (archive footage)


Documentary focusing on the contributions to the American war effort of African-American soldiers.

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February 1944 (USA)  »

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Темнокожий солдат  »

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Produced by Frank Capra, the film makes use of the same stock footage of a bell ringing out that opens Capra's first post-WWII film, It's a Wonderful Life (1946). The bell appears on screen about 9 minutes into the film, as the narrator discusses the contribution of African Americans to Washington's Army. See more »


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Well-made propaganda film
21 June 2018 | by See all my reviews

A US World War 2 propaganda film, showing how African-American soldiers are helping the Allied cause.

A well-made propaganda film. Quite stirring in showing the contribution African-Americans had made to previous wars and were making to the current war, World War 2. Made to convince African-Americans to join up and help win the war it does well to paper over the race-based social divide that existed in the US at the time.

Quite sad in the respect in that, while it was okay for African-Americans to fight and die for their country, they were treated as second class citizens at home, with less rights than whites. Just the fact that the film had to be made is a sad reflection of the times.

This said, it is very effective in its purpose and is even quite emotional at times. Some good military footage too.

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