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Leadbelly (1976)

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... See full summary »

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Gordon Parks

Writer:

Ernest Kinoy
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roger E. Mosley ... Huddie Ledbetter
James Brodhead James Brodhead ... John Lomax
John McDonald John McDonald ... Tom Pruitt
Leonard Wrentz Leonard Wrentz ... Guard
Ernie Hudson ... Archie (as Earnest L. Hudson)
Dana Manno Dana Manno ... Margaret Judd
William Wintersole ... Sheriff Gibbons
Paul Benjamin ... Wes Ledbetter
Lynn Hamilton ... Sally Ledbetter
Carole Lamond Carole Lamond ... Laura May
Melba Englander Melba Englander ... Evaline
Pamela Singleton Pamela Singleton ... Fat Bessie
Rozaa Jean Rozaa Jean ... Sugar Tit
Nat Williams Nat Williams ... Albert
Madge Sinclair ... Miss Eula
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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. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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They chased him down with dogs, chained him in iron, beat him with rawhide, slammed him in the sweatbox. They tried to bury Leadbelly, but Leadbelly wouldn't lie down. See more »

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Biography | Drama | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1976 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

Gordon Parks last feature film. See more »

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On commercial television, the character names "Dicklicker" and "Sugar Tit" are usually blacked out in the end credits. See more »

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Leadbelly is a pretty good, if a little fictitious, account of Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter
13 February 2012 | by tavmSee all my reviews

Just watched this musical biography directed by Gordon Parks on Netflix Streaming. Having read the bio on Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter on Wikipedia, I knew some characters and events were made up or exaggerated for dramatic proposes but knowing that, I highly enjoyed this movie and Roger E. Mosley's performance as the title character even though someone else did the singing. Great period atmosphere throughout. Oh, and I also recognized some songs like "Rock Island Line" and "Cotton Fields at Home" as those taught to me when I was in elementary school. Also wanted to cite fine supporting turns by Madge Sinclair as the brothel madam Miss Eula and Art Evans as fellow musician Blind Lemon Jefferson. So on that note, I highly recommend Leadbelly.


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