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This classic film was also my introduction to Dorothy Dandridge and I have been in love with the beautiful screen goddess ever since.
I first saw this movie in 1953 when I was nine or ten years old depending on the month I saw it. At that time I felt it was the best movie I had ever seen. This movie is tame by today's standards, but I still find it to be worth five stars. I remembered parts of this movie from sixty years ago and was reminded of other parts when I viewed it again today.
The story takes place in a school setting. Dorothy Dandridge plays the role on a new teacher and facing the frustration of dealing with an indifferent student while Harry Belafonte plays the role of the principal. It is also the story of the troubled student, C.T. Young having to deal with the death of his new-found friend, Tanya.
Who knows. Perhaps this movie played a part in my choosing to become an elementary teacher for 32 years. After all these years I still find this movie to be an unsung nugget that is sure to be an uplifting experience for the entire family to enjoy.
Harry Belafonte, making his film debut, plays the school's principal. Belafonte is given a spotlight to display his folk-singing talent. He sits and simulates strumming guitar while sweetly singing "Suzanne (Ev'ry Night When the Sun Goes Down)." Guitar is being played by Harry's long-time accompanist, Millard Thomas, who co-wrote the lyrics to this adaptation with him.
It's interesting to note that this film debuted just eight days after Belafonte and Thomas entered the studio to record their first RCA Victor LP, MARK TWAIN AND OTHER FOLK FAVORITES, a classic of the folk genre.
Central focus of "Bright Road" is on a severely introverted boy named C.T. (Philip Hepburn). He comes to class late, feigns disinterest in studies and tells whopping lies as a shield against any intrusions into his personal life. Dandridge's Miss Richards believes in him, and finds that C.T. has an interest in nature and art. He's been watching a caterpillar weave a cocoon and hopes to present its emerging butterfly to a classmate sweethear named Tanya (Barbara Randolph), but events get in the way. Yet even as the butterfly is about to be born, C.T. is also emerging from his self-imposed cocoon.
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It was nice to see this movie ofter so many years still enjoyed it very much. Good moviesPublished 23 hours ago by Erick B. Weekes
I was glad to see the multi talents of Harry Belafonte and Dorothy Dandridge. It is a picture of love and encouragement that transforms the
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