Porgy and Bess

Porgy and Bess (1959)

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  • Genre: Music, Drama, Romance
  • Release Date: 1959-06-24
  • User Rating: 6.3/10 from 21 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 18min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Samuel Goldwyn Productions
  • Production Country: United States of America
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Set in the early 1900s in the fictional Catfish Row section of Charleston, South Carolina, which serves as home to a black fishing community, the story focuses on the titular characters, crippled beggar Porgy, who travels about in a goat-drawn cart, and the drug-addicted Bess, who lives with stevedore Crown, the local bully.

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Directing Otto Preminger Director
Editing Daniel Mandell Editor
Costume & Make-Up Irene Sharaff Costume Design
Art Joseph C. Wright Art Direction
Camera Leon Shamroy Director of Photography
Production Samuel Goldwyn Producer
Art Howard Bristol Set Decoration
Writing Dorothy Heyward Theatre Play
Writing DuBose Heyward Theatre Play
Writing N. Richard Nash Screenplay
Sound Ken Darby Original Music Composer
Sound George Gershwin Original Music Composer
Sound George Gershwin Songs
Art Oliver Smith Production Design
Sound Fred Lau Sound Designer
Sound Fred Lau Sound Recordist
Art Serge Krizman Art Direction
Directing Paul Helmick Assistant Director
Costume & Make-Up Layne Britton Makeup Artist
Crew Hermes Pan Choreographer
Writing Ira Gershwin Lyricist
Costume & Make-Up Frank McCoy Makeup Artist