Leadbelly (1976)

You can't bury a black legend like Leadbelly!

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 1976-05-28
  • User Rating: 6.5/10 from 2 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 6min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Zeeuwse Maatschappij N.V.
  • Production Country: United States of America
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The life of Blues and folk singer Huddie Leadbetter, nicknamed Leadbelly is recounted. Covering the good times and bad from his 20s to 40s. Much of that time was spent on chain gangs in the south. Even in prison he became well known for the songs he had composed and sung during and before the time he spent there.

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  • Roger E. Mosley

    as Huddie Ledbetter
  • Paul Benjamin

    as Wes Ledbetter
  • Madge Sinclair

    as Miss Eula
  • Alan Manson

    as Prison Chief Guard
  • Albert Hall

    as Dicklicker
  • Art Evans

    as Blind Lemon Jefferson
  • James Brodhead

    as John Lomax
  • John Henry Faulk

    as Gov. Pat Neff
  • Lynn Hamilton

    as Sally Ledbetter
  • Ernie Hudson

    as Archie (as Earnest L. Hudson)
  • William Wintersole

    as Sheriff Gibbons
Crew Bruce Surtees Cinematography
Art Robert F. Boyle Production Design
Directing Gordon Parks Director
Sound Fred Karlin Music
Production Marc Merson Producer
Writing Ernest Kinoy Writer
Art John A. Kuri Set Decoration
Editing Thomas Penick Editor
Editing Moe Howard Editor