James Edwards: African American Hollywood Icon

Overview

One of Hollywood's most heralded postwar African American movie stars, James Edwards catapulted to stardom following his breakout role in Stanley Kramer's Home of the Brave. In his groundbreaking performance as a U.S. soldier experiencing racial prejudice during combat in the South Pacific, Edwards proved that African American actors could handle serious film roles. Edwards performed on radio, television, and theatre, and appeared in two-dozen or more films, including Stanley Kubrick's breakthrough indie The ...

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Overview

One of Hollywood's most heralded postwar African American movie stars, James Edwards catapulted to stardom following his breakout role in Stanley Kramer's Home of the Brave. In his groundbreaking performance as a U.S. soldier experiencing racial prejudice during combat in the South Pacific, Edwards proved that African American actors could handle serious film roles. Edwards performed on radio, television, and theatre, and appeared in two-dozen or more films, including Stanley Kubrick's breakthrough indie The Killing, John Frankenheimer's The Manchurian Candidate, and Franklin J. Schaffner's Patton.

This book tells the story of Edwards' life and career, describing his unlikely climb to fame following a serious wartime injury and detailing how this native of Muncie, Indiana, paved the way for the careers of Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, and other African American stars to follow.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786444151
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/8/2009
  • Pages: 236
  • Sales rank: 1,541,023
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Pamala S. Deane is a writer living in Maryland. She is a novelist and author of essays on television, film, and American popular culture.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1

1 Inner Rage 3

2 The Greatest Break of His Life 10

3 A Brave Picture 16

4 "Hollywood's Boldest Stroke for Democracy" 26

5 James Edwards Had Arrived 31

6 "Triple-Threat Edwards" 36

7 Soldier Stories 41

8 Reading, Writing, and Radio 52

9 "I Am Arrogant and Shall Remain So" 59

10 "Mad Behavior" 63

11 Scandalize My Name 68

12 "It Wasn't a Damn Bit Funny" 75

13 The Joe Louis Story 78

14 Some of His Best Work 83

15 Negro Products 92

16 "Hollywood: So What!" 101

17 A Khaki-Clad Stereotype? 112

18 Tarzan, Eartha Kitt, and the Strip Scene 128

19 "The Role Was a Cheat" 139

20 Black Cowboys on a Mission 145

21 Comeback in a Big Picture 151

22 The Black Revolution 163

23 Final Curtain 175

24 "James Edwards Was a Pioneer" 185

Appendix 1 Morse v. Morse 193

Appendix 2 Film, Television, and Radio Performances 195

Chapter Notes 203

Bibliography 217

Index 223

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