1)

BRIGHT ROAD

 

Category:

Drama

Studio:

MGM

Runtime:

68 minutes (Black & White)

Date:

1953

Producer:

Sol Baer Fielding

Director:

Gerald Mayer

Screenplay:

Emmet Lavery

Story:

"See How They Run" (Christopher Award in 1951)

 by Mary Elizabeth Vroman

Music:

David Rose

Cast:

Dorothy Dandridge, Philip Hepburn, Harry Belafonte, 

Barbara Ann Sanders

Belafonte:

Acts and sings, Suzanne (Every Night When The Sun Goes Down)

Outline:

Dorothy Dandridge plays a young teacher trying to help a withdrawn and

insecure, but proud, student while Harry Belafonte stars as the principle.

2)

CARMEN JONES

   
Category:
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Runtime:  105 minutes (CinemaScope, Color)
Date: 1954
Producer/Director: Otto Preminger
Screenplay: Harry Kleiner
Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II

Music:

Georges Bizet

Cast:

Harry Belafonte, Dorothy Dandridge, Pearl Bailey

Belafonte:

Acts but does not sing, his voice being dubbed by LaVern Hutcherson. 

Songs dubbed for Belafonte: You Talk Jus' Like My Maw, Dis Flower

Duet & Finale.

Outline:

Powered by Georges Bizet's grand music and Oscar Hammerstein II's

magnificent lyrics, this Americanized all-black version of the classic opera

Carmen is "a dynamic ... superb show" with a positively "incandescent

Carmen." (Newsweek)

Oscar-nominee Dorothy Dandridge stars in the title role, a passionate, sexy

creature who lures Joe (Harry Belafonte), a handsome soldier, away from

his sweetheart (Olga James). Following a fatal brawl with his sergeant, Joe 

deserts his regiment with the sultry femme fatale. But Carmen soon tires of

him and takes up with a heavyweight prize-fighter (Joe Adams), triggering 

Joe's tragic revenge. Helping to set the screen on fire are Pearl Bailey and 

Diahann Carroll, part of the "sensational troupe" that makes this jubilant 

musical film "hard to beat." (Los Angeles Times)

3)

ISLAND IN THE SUN

 
Category:
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Runtime: 120 minutes (CinemaScope, Color)
Date: 1957
Producer: Darryl F. Zanuck
Director: Robert Rossen
Screenplay: Alfred Hayes

Story by:

Alec Waugh

Music by:

Malcom Arnold

Cast:

James Mason, Joan Fontaine, Dorothy Dandridge, Joan Collins,

Michael Rennie and co-starring Harry Belafonte (as David Boyeur)

Belafonte:

Acts and sings Island In The Sun, and Lead Man Holler

Outline:

In this steamy controversial drama set on a lush Caribbean island, Oscar-

nominated Dorothy Dandridge made film history by becoming the first 

black actress to star in an interracial love story. Four different love affairs

simultaneously wreak havoc in the lives of the inhabitants of a tropical 

paradise. A wealthy plantation owner plots murder when he suspects his 

wife of having an adulterous relationship. At the same time, his sister-in-law

is drawn to his enemy, a dedicated black labor leader and a governor's 

aide is torn over his scandalous affair with a native woman. Daring and 

exquisitely filmed on location, this rich, romantic story with its focus on 

race, passion and politics was one of the most talked about films of its day.

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