• Leadbelly (1975)

Leadbelly

Release Date: 1975

PG |2 hr 6 min

Plot Summary

A biography of Huddie Ledbetter (Roger E. Mosley), this drama follows the life of the highly influential African-American blues singer and guitarist, who was better known as "Leadbelly." The trouble-prone musician frequently ended up working on chain gangs, and, when not incarcerated, he sometimes traveled around with fellow renowned blues man Blind Lemon Jefferson (Art Evans). The film shows how Leadbelly dealt with the racism of his era and found some degree of peace in his music.

Cast: Roger E. Mosley, Paul Benjamin, Madge Sinclair, Alan Manson, Albert P. Hall, Art Evans, James Brodhead, John Henry Faulk

Director: Gordon Parks

Genres: Biography

Keywords: Friend, Engaging, Intense, 1940s, Underdog, Prison, 1930s

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