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Big Fella
     

Big Fella

Director: Jim Elder Wills

Cast: Paul Robeson, Elisabeth Welch, Roy Emerton

 
African-American actor/singer Paul Robeson had to travel to England in the 1930s to seek out dignified film roles. In Big Fella, Robeson is a happy wanderer who chances upon a runaway child. The kid so enjoys the company of Robeson and his café-singer friend Elisabeth Welch that he threatens to claim that he's been kidnapped if Robeson tries to return the boy

Overview

African-American actor/singer Paul Robeson had to travel to England in the 1930s to seek out dignified film roles. In Big Fella, Robeson is a happy wanderer who chances upon a runaway child. The kid so enjoys the company of Robeson and his café-singer friend Elisabeth Welch that he threatens to claim that he's been kidnapped if Robeson tries to return the boy to his parents. Interestingly, Robeson's character name is Joe, just as it had been in the actor's 1936 Hollywood triumph Show Boat. Big Fella was based on a novel by Claude McKay.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/11/1998
UPC:
0738329010430
Original Release:
1937
Rating:
NR
Source:
Kino Video

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Robeson Joe
Elisabeth Welch Amanda
Roy Emerton Spike
James Hayter Chuck
Lawrence Brown Corney
Eldon Grant Gerald Oliphant
Marcelle Rogez Marietta
Eric Cowley Ferdy Oliphant
Joyce Kennedy Mrs. Oliphant
Dino Galvani Gendarme
Anthony Holles Gendar-me
Margaret Rutherford Nanny

Technical Credits
Jim Elder Wills Director
Eric Ansell Score Composer
Cyril bristow Cinematographer
G.H. Clutsam Score Composer
Ingram D'Abbes Screenwriter
Fenn Hill Sherie Screenwriter
Hugh Williams Score Composer

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