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Thursday, January 15, 2009


Rex Ingram

REX INGRAM (1895-1969), distinguished black actor with a long career in film. His impressive bearing and personality often caused him to stand out over the nominal stars.

Green Pastures (1936)Haven't you seen Green Pastures (1936)? Based on the play by Marc Connelly, the film looks at the Old Testament through the eyes of rural black children. Ingram plays Adam, De Lawd and Hezdrel. The cast is outstanding and this film is too rarely seen.

Watch this and then see these other four films.

The Thief of Bagdad (1940) Ingram is the genie of the bottle released by Abu, the thief. The film is incredible and Ingram is perfect.
The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn (1939) Ingram is Jim, the runaway slave, in this adaptation of Twain's novel.
Cabin In The Sky (1943) Another film, this one a musical, with an all black cast. Lena Horne is the temptress Georgia Brown. Satan, Jr. (Ingram) is after the soul of Little Joe (Eddie "Rochester" Anderson). Ethel Waters is the star. Another great film.
Tarzan's Hidden Jungle (1955) The Gordon Scott Tarzan films were a notch above the previous series with Lex Barker, and the producers brought in capable performers such as Vera Miles, Jack Elam, and a young Sean Connery. In this one Ingram is a tribal chief. It was a return to the dark continent. His first film role had been the 1918 Tarzan of the Apes with Elmo Lincoln.

*Contributed by: "Eric Jamborsky" Date: Sat, Jul 1 2006 / 18:08:19 PST