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The Negro Soldier (1944)

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

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Stuart Heisler (as Capt. Stuart Heisler)

Writer:

Carlton Moss
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Cast

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)
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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 »

Genres:

Documentary | Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Negertropperne See more »

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U.S. War Department See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Alternate Versions

According to government documents, a two-reel shortened version of the film was released in July 1944. See more »

Connections

Edited from Olympia Part One: Festival of the Nations (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

My Country, 'Tis of Thee
Adapted from the music to "God Save the Queen", Lyrics by Samuel Francis Smith
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Touching American propaganda film from WWII
26 November 1998 | by frantic-2See all my reviews

The aim of the movie is to encourage American blacks to identify themselves with the on-going struggle overseas.

It is convincing but fairly dull in comparison to other Frank Capra propaganda films.


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