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Anna Lucasta (1959)

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Playwright Philip Yordan stirred up controversy with his 1944 Broadway production +Anna Lucasta, the sexy saga of a family of avaricious African-Americans. Such was the notoriety of the play that Columbia Pictures couldn't resist optioning it for a film version. Since this was 1949, Columbia took into consideration both censors and intolerant filmgoers by toning down the play's eroticism and transforming the characters into Polish-Americans. The 1958 Anna Lucasta was filmed in more temperate times, thus the leading characters were once again non-Caucasians. Eartha Kitt stars as waterfront prostitute Anna Lucasta, called back home by her greedy brother-in-law (Frederick O'Neal) to be married off to a moderately wealthy young man (Henry Scott). Anna spoils the brother-in-law's plans by falling in love with the young fellow and seeing to it that no one gets their mitts on his money. A visitor from Anna's past (Sammy Davis Jr.) nearly wrecks the marriage, but Anna is forgiven by her husband and allowed a chance for a new life.

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Cast

Eartha Kitt
as Anna Lucasta
Sammy Davis Jr.
as Danny Johnson
Henry Scott
as Rudolph Slocum
Rex Ingram
as Joe Lucasta
Claire Leyba
as Blanche
Wally Earl
as Secretary
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Melodrama based on playwright Philip Yordan's 1944 Broadway play, that had an all-black cast and starred Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee.

March 30, 2009 | Rating: C | Full Review…

The film's strange history is more intriguing than the actual production.

July 16, 2004 | Rating: 2/5

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