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Posted by on Sep 25, 2009 in Kick-Back Friday

Kick-Back Friday: #85

Kick-Back Friday: #85


The Well (1951): A black girl’s disappearance ignites a race war when a white man (Henry Morgan) is suspected of kidnapping her. The movie, however, returns quickly (and naively) to racial harmony, when it’s discovered that the girl has fallen 60 feet down a forgotten well. Her suspected kidnapper then plays a major role in her attempted rescue.

Although the primary-speaking roles belong to white actors, the film is notable for employing a considerable number of black actorsincluding Maidie Normanwho didn’t have to pretend they were domestic help for a change.

Major HT to KTG.

bmartin (1130 Posts)

A native East Tennessean, Barbara Martin is a formerly practicing, board-certified neurologist who received her BS (psychology, summa cum laude) and MD from Duke University before completing her postgraduate training (internship, residency, fellowship) at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She has worked in academia, private practice, medical publishing, drug market research, and continuing medical education (CME). For the last 3 years, she has worked in a freelance capacity as a medical writer, analyst, and consultant. Follow Dr. Barbara Martin on and Twitter.

1 Comment

  1. So what’s with the half-nekkid, swarthy Glenn Ford lookalike on the cover art shown at Amazon? Cheap Hollywood titillation to sell more DVDs? Pathetic. I’m immune to their cheap Jedi mind tricks.
    Ok, I bought six copies, but simply because they make great gifts.