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Native Son (1951)

In 1940s Chicago, a young black man takes a job as a chauffeur to a white family, which takes a turn for the worse when he accidentally kills the teenage daughter of the couple and then tries to cover it up.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Richard Wright ...
Bigger Thomas
Gloria Madison ...
Bessie Mears
Willa Pearl Curtis ...
Mrs. Hannah Thomas
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Henry Dalton
Ruth Robert ...
Helen Dalton
Charles Cane ...
Det. Britten
George D. Green ...
Panama
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Mary Dalton
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Farley, a reporter
Leslie Straugh ...
Buddy Thomas
Lidia Alves ...
Vera Thomas
Charles Simmonds ...
Ernie
Lewis MacKenzie ...
Stanley
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ned Campbell ...
Buckley
Don Dean ...
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In 1940s Chicago, a young black man takes a job as a chauffeur to a white family, which takes a turn for the worse when he accidentally kills the teenage daughter of the couple and then tries to cover it up.

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Richard Wright's SAVAGE, TERRIFYING BEST SELLER EXPLODES ONTO THE SCREEN! See more »

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Drama

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2 March 1951 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

En skugga faller  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Canada Lee was set to star as Bigger Thomas (he had shot to fame in Orson Welles's Broadway production of Native Son), but he was stuck in limbo with South African customs agents during the filming of Cry, the Beloved Country (1951), not to mention his failing health eventually caused Lee to back out of the project. See more »

Connections

Remade as Native Son (1986) See more »

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Dubbed Voices Were of Local Residents
8 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

When Native Son was made in Argentina in 1950 some of the actors were not from the United States, thus they spoke English with accents not realistic for the characters they portrayed. Dialogue was then dubbed using the voices of local American residents of Buenos Aires. I was then a student at an American high school in BA; they came to the school looking for an American boy and girl to be the voices of Bigger Thomas' brother and sister. I did Vera Thomas' voice and a boy whose Dad was in the Navy did the voice of Bigger's brother. We got off school for two days and as I recall we were paid 300 pesos. Mr. Chanal drove us home afterwards. My big line was, "Eeek, eeek, a rat!". It's a long time ago but I seem to remember that some parts were actually played by non-actor local Americans. After 49 years, I saw this movie again in 1999 and couldn't believe how amateurish it is, but in many ways the making of this movie was Amateur Night, so that makes sense.


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