The Well (1951)





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The Well is a modest but generally effective plea for racial tolerance. Based loosely on a real incident, the film tells of the disappearance of a little African-American girl in a small, segregated community. Caucasian Claude Packard (Harry Morgan, the nephew of the town's richest man (Barry Kelley), is the last person seen with the little girl. Sensing a coverup when Morgan is not immediately charged, the black community is on the verge of a riot. But when it's discovered that the little girl has fallen down a well, all racial differences are forgotten as black and white neighbors work shoulder to shoulder to rescue the child. The Well tries very hard to be equitable by 1951 standards, and is heartfelt enough to overcome its occasional lapses into stereotype and condescension.
Classics , Comedy , Drama
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United Artists


Richard Rober
as Sheriff Ben Kellogg
Harry Morgan
as Claude Packard
Barry Kelley
as Sam Packard
Tom Powers
as Jim, Mayor
Gwendolyn Laster
as Carolyn Crawford
Maide Norman
as Mrs. Crawford
Dick Simmons
as Mickey
George Hamilton
as Grandfather
Ernest Anderson
as Mr. Crawford
Margaret Wells
as Schoolteacher
Roy Engel
as Gleason
Alfred Grant
as Gaines
Edwin Max
as Milkman
Guy Beach
as Baggageman
Elzie Emanuel
as Student
Bill Walker
as Dr. Billings
Sherry Hall
as Manners
Henry Morgan
as Claude Packard
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Audience Reviews for The Well


Fascinating film, very well written and directed. The acting is great and the cast is exceptional. Excellent character development. Ahead of it's time in 1951.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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