The Negro Soldier (1944)

Director: Capt. Stuart Heisler

Writer: Carlton Moss

Starring: Gertrude Elise Ayer (principal), Richmond Barthé (sculptor), Erich Borchmeyer (German Olympian), William Broadus (Jim), Clarence Brooks (Chaplain), Dean Dixon (conductor), Lt. Norman Ford (Robert Bronson), W.C. Handy (blues musician), Matthew Henson (explorer), Cornelius Johnson (Olympic athlete), Henry Johnson (Harlem Hellfighter), Joe Louis (boxer), Ralph Metcalfe (Olympian), Carlton Moss (Minister), Lawrence Reddick (professor), Philip H.M. Savory (Philantropist), Max Schmeling (boxer), Hiroshi Tanaka (Olympic high jumper), Vivien Thomas (surgeon), Sgt. Clyde Turner (Church Soloist), James S. Watson (judge), Gustav Weinkötz (German Olympian), Bertha Woolford (Mrs. Bronson), George Washington Carver (botanist), Benjamin O. Davis Jr. (Tuskegee Airmen), Jesse Owens (Olympic athlete), Pvt. Robert Brooks (WWII tank operator), Capt. Colin Kelly (WWII Pilot), Sgt. Meyer Levin (WWII Pilot), Sgt. Doris ‘Dorie’ Miller (WWII Messman 3rd class), Pvt. Roberts, Sgt. Jackson, Pvt. Parks FC, Lt. Carter, Needham Roberts (Harlem Hellfighter), Marian Anderson (singer)

Synopsis: The Negro Soldier is a 1944 documentary created by Frank Capra for the United States Army during World War II. The film was produced by Frank Capra as a follow up to his successful film series Why We Fight. The army used this film as propaganda to convince Black Americans to enlist in the army and fight in the war.

Release Date: April 10, 1944 (USA) | Length: 43 min | Genre: Drama, War | Certificate: NC16

Note: I don’t usually post the cast list with character names but the above cast list was pieced together from the film and the IMDB cast list, so I included the character names. IMDB says the film was first released in February 1944 but it only had the month and the year so I went with the April release date.