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Black Like Me

Black Like Me(1964)

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Black Like Me is the true account of John Griffin's experiences when he passed as a black man. John Horton takes treatments to darken his skin and leaves his home in Texas to travel throughout the South. At one stop, Horton encounters a black shoe shine man, Burt Wilson, who befriends him and shows him how to "act right" so that he can fit more easily into the African American culture. It is through Wilson that Horton learns the art of shining shoes. Most of his encounters with whites are quite degrading and disturb him. As a hitchhiker, John meets several white men who refer to black men and women in disparaging ways which angers John. Throughout the movie, John is harassed and persecuted by whites without reason. In one of his many stops throughout the South, John finds himself on a park bench sitting by a white woman. A white man walks by and says, "You'd better find another place to sit." Even though he had a college degree, menial jobs were all that he could find. John meets Frank Newcomb whose son, Tom, is arrested for some civil rights demonstrations. John tells Tom about his "passing for black" in the South, and Tom becomes enraged. Tom feels that John could have served the plight of the black man in the South better as a white man. Frank asks John if people would believe the story. Tom says, "I don't know, but I'll tell them."

Cast & Crew

Carl Lerner Director
James Whitmore John Finley Horton
Clifton James Eli Carr
Lenka Peterson Lucy Horton
Roscoe Lee Browne Christopher
Sorrell Booke Dr. Jackson
Stanley Brock Salesman
Will Geer Farmer
Robert Gerringer Ed Saunders
Eva Jessye Mrs. Townsend
P. J. Sidney Frank Newcomb
Al Freeman Jr. Tom Newcomb
Dan Priest Bus driver
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Additional Details

MPAA Ratings:  Premiere Info:  New York opening: 20 May 1964
Release Date:  1964 Production Date:  none available
Color/B&W:  Black and White Distributions Co:  Continental Distributing, Inc.
Sound:  Mono Production Co:  Hilltop Productions, Julius Tannenbaum
Duration(mins):  107 Country:  United States
Duration(feet):  not available    
Duration(reels):  not available    

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