Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Mo'Nique Said She Was Paid $50,000 for 'Precious' + Responds to Lee Daniels "Play the Game" Advice (Video) Mo'Nique Said She Was Paid $50,000 for 'Precious' + Responds to Lee Daniels "Play the Game" Advice (Video) 'Cooley High' Writer and Cast Reflect on the Film 40 Years Later 'Cooley High' Writer and Cast Reflect on the Film 40 Years Later So What’s Byron Allen's $20 Billion Lawsuit Against Comcast, Time Warner, Al Sharpton & the NAACP all About? So What’s Byron Allen's $20 Billion Lawsuit Against Comcast, Time Warner, Al Sharpton & the NAACP all About? A New Edition Biopic Might Be Coming to a Theater Near You If This Fan-Made Trailer Goes Viral A New Edition Biopic Might Be Coming to a Theater Near You If This Fan-Made Trailer Goes Viral HBO Seeks Diverse, Emerging Writers for HBOAccess Writing Fellowship HBO Seeks Diverse, Emerging Writers for HBOAccess Writing Fellowship Films & TV Series That Are Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix's Streaming Library Next Month (March) Films & TV Series That Are Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix's Streaming Library Next Month (March) Check Out These Photos of Mo'Nique, Queen Latifah, Khandi Alexander & Michael K. WIlliams From HBO's Bessie Smith Bio + Premiere Date Set Check Out These Photos of Mo'Nique, Queen Latifah, Khandi Alexander & Michael K. WIlliams From HBO's Bessie Smith Bio + Premiere Date Set Oscars Telecast Ratings at 6-Year Low. So Was Nielsen Right About Correlation Between Black Nominees & Viewers? Oscars Telecast Ratings at 6-Year Low. So Was Nielsen Right About Correlation Between Black Nominees & Viewers? Here's the Story That the Denzel Washington/Antoine Fuqua 'Magnificent Seven' Remake Will Tell Here's the Story That the Denzel Washington/Antoine Fuqua 'Magnificent Seven' Remake Will Tell Ava DuVernay Won Ava DuVernay Won Watch Footage From Marlon Wayans' Richard Pryor Audition Tape Watch Footage From Marlon Wayans' Richard Pryor Audition Tape Mike Tyson Went to Algeria to Make the Country's "First Martial Arts Film"... Here's a First Look at the Results Mike Tyson Went to Algeria to Make the Country's "First Martial Arts Film"... Here's a First Look at the Results If You Missed PBS' August Wilson Documentary, 'The Ground on Which I Stand,' Watch It in Full Now! If You Missed PBS' August Wilson Documentary, 'The Ground on Which I Stand,' Watch It in Full Now! Now You Can Watch All 10 Oscar Nominated Short Films (Live Action & Animation) Online Now You Can Watch All 10 Oscar Nominated Short Films (Live Action & Animation) Online Mo'Nique's Decision to Not "Play the Industry Game" Gets Her Blacklisted. The Actress Speaks... Mo'Nique's Decision to Not "Play the Industry Game" Gets Her Blacklisted. The Actress Speaks... For the First Time, the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards Will Be Broadcast on TV - on OWN For the First Time, the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards Will Be Broadcast on TV - on OWN Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Apparently, Hosting The Oscars Isn't As Coveted A Gig As I Previously Assumed... Apparently, Hosting The Oscars Isn't As Coveted A Gig As I Previously Assumed... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie...

"Bright Road" With Dorothy Dandridge And Harry Belafonte Now On Warner Archive DVD

Shadow and Act By Sergio | Shadow and Act April 12, 2012 at 9:25PM

I've written about this film before and I figured that it was only a matter of time before it came out on the Warner Home Video DVD-on-demand specialty label Warner Archive and this week it finally did.
2
Bright Road

I've written about this film before and I figured that it was only a matter of time before it came out on the Warner Home Video DVD-on-demand specialty label Warner Archive and this week it finally did.

I'm talking about the 1952 MGM film Bright Road with Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte. It was her first starring role after some 18 years of doing occasional small, and sometimes uncredited, film roles and Belafonte's first film ever.

It tells the story of a young optimistic grammar school teacher (Dandridge) who with the help of the equally young and optimistic shcool principal (Belafonte), who has a crush on her, and together help a rebellious young boy (Phillip Hepburn) who in turn eventually becomes the school's hero and saves the day. Some may look at the film and think is too quaint, old fashioned and corny. But it's a wonderfully sweet toned, charmng and lovely film and I don't know anyone who has seen it, even once, and not fallen for its simple charms.

And even though it was lower budgeted B-movie by standards at the time, it was remarkable for any Hollywood studio back then to make a drama with an all black cast. In fact what Hollywood studio would do that today? And a sweet one about a black teacher at an all black school?

This is definitely one film I'm adding to my collection and you ought to check out yourelf. You won't be sorry

Below is the trailer for the film which is also rather sad and poignant  It builds up Dandridge as if she's a major star in the making, but just 13 years after this film came out she was practically washed up, broke, alone and dead from a drug overdose, either by accident or a suicide. A too familar story.


Shadow & ActNewsletter