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 actors—including Maidie Norman—who didn’t have to pretend they were domestic help for a change.
Major HT to KTG.