Leadbelly (1976)


Director: Gordon Parks

Writer(s): Ernest Kinoy

Starring: Roger E. Mosley, James Brodhead, John McDonald, Leonard Wrentz, Ernie Hudson, Dana Manno, William Wintersole, Paul Benjamin, Lynn Hamilton, Carole Lamond, Melba Englander, Pamela Singleton, Rozaa Jean, Nat Williams, Madge Sinclair, George Williams, Timothy Pickard, Rhetta Greene, Art Evans, William Creamer, Dearl Croft, John C. Johnson, Bill Woodard, Robert C. Farrow, Albert Hall, Peter Harrell, B.T. Henderson, Denny Arnold, James Taylor, Vivian Bonnell, Alan Manson, John Henry Faulk, Valerie Odell, Drew Thomas, John Keith

Synopsis: The life of Blues and folk singer Huddie Leadbetter, nicknamed Leadbelly is recounted. Covering the good times and bad from his 20s to 40s. Much of that time was spent on chain gangs in the south. Even in prison he became well known for the songs he had composed and sung during and before the time he spent there.

Release Date: May 28, 1976 (USA) | Length: 126 min | Genre: Biography, Drama, Music | Certificate: PG

Note: can’t identify Rozaa Jean (Sugar Tit), Valerie Odell (Amy), Carole Lamond (Laura May), Pamela Singleton (fat bessie), George Williams (shorty), Timothy Pickard (Gray Man), Dearl Croft (Frank), John C. Johnson (Will), Bill Woodard (Alex), Drew Thomas (sharecropper) or James Taylor (Dog Boy) so will have to watch the movie again. Also – didn’t find trailer so used clip from movie.


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