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The Negro Soldier (1944)

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


Stuart Heisler (as Capt. Stuart Heisler)


Carlton Moss

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Credited cast:
Gertrude Elise Ayer Gertrude Elise Ayer ... Herself - Principal (archive footage)
Richard Barthe Richard Barthe ... Himself - Sculptor (archive footage)
Erich Borchmeyer Erich Borchmeyer ... Himself (archive footage)
William Broadus William Broadus
Clarence Brooks Clarence Brooks
Dean Dixon Dean Dixon ... Himself - Conductor (archive footage)
Norman Ford Norman Ford ... (as Lt. Norman Ford)
W.C. Handy W.C. Handy ... Himself (archive footage)
Matthew Henson Matthew Henson ... Himself - Polar Explorer (archive footage)
Cornelius Johnson Cornelius Johnson ... Himself (archive footage)
Henry Johnson Henry Johnson ... Himself - WW1 Soldier (archive footage)
Joe Louis ... Himself (archive footage)
Ralph Metcalfe Ralph Metcalfe ... Himself (archive footage)
Carlton Moss Carlton Moss ... Minister
Lawrence Reddick 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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Their sacrifice and heroism on the battlefield... will not be forgotten. See more »


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Release Date:

February 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Темнокожий солдат See more »

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U.S. War Department See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


In 2011, the film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry with the following statement: "'The Negro Soldier' showcased the contributions of blacks to American society and their heroism in the nation's wars, portraying them in a dignified, realistic, and far less stereotypical manner than they had been depicted in previous Hollywood films." See more »


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Rather tortured propaganda
10 November 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I guess the best thing you could say about The Negro Soldier today is that it provided work for black players which did not involve stereotyping. This film under the auspices of the Office Of War Information is directed at our black citizens to tell them why it is in their best interests to join in the fight against Hitler.

The most obvious argument of course is Nazi racial theories which don't have much appeal to those outside who the Nazis viewed as inferior races. Seems logical to me.

But sad to say racism was alive and well in the USA and in a quarter or so of the country vigorously in place legally with formal segregation.

This film managed to give an overview of black history by barely mentioning slavery. What else could they do. The OWI had to get its funding from Congress where several powerful senior Representatives and Senators from the South controlled things. So we heard everything from Crispus Attucks to Joe Louis. No mention however of Nat Turner or Jack Johnson.

I think that most people and not just blacks would find this film patronizing and offensive today. But it was a product of the times.

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