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First-time teacher Jane Richards (Dorothy Dandridge) is troubled to learn that one of her students, C.T. Young (Philip Hepburn), has a history of taking two years to complete each grade. Although everyone else has given up on him, Jane resolves to get him through the fourth grade on a normal schedule. Gradually, she makes some headway, only to watch C.T. backslide when a friend and fellow student (Barbara Ann Sanders) suddenly dies. Jane, nevertheless, refuses to give up.

Cast & Crew

Harry Belafonte
School Principal
Robert Horton
Dr. Mitchell
Maidie Norman
Tanya's Mother
Renee Beard
Booker T. Jones
Howard McNeely
Boyd
Patti Marie Ellis
Rachel Smith
Joy Jackson
Sarahlene Babcock
Carolyn Ann Jackson
Mary Louise
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  • Jul 26, 2018
    I was certainly pulling for this one, but it quickly became a chore to sit through, even at its 68 minute run time. Its heart is in the right place, and it provides a good role model in showing these African-American kids at school, just as squeaky clean as Beaver Cleaver, but it's very simple, and sickly, syrupy sweet. I confess I watched it out of loyalty to Dorothy Dandridge, but the real highlight was Harry Belafonte singing "Suzanne (Ev'ry Night When the Sun Goes Down)" simply beautifully. This was his first film, and it interesting that his second would also be with Dandridge, and in the decidedly more saucy film 'Carmen Jones'. There are moments when 'Bright Road' asks some interesting questions (What color is God? If all men are brothers, why don't white people and black people behave that way towards one another?, etc), and I appreciated it showing how a troubled boy just needed some encouragement, but it's all done under wooden, sunny pretenses, and nothing about it seems authentic. The film has religious overtones as well, though it was interesting to see the kids recite the Pledge of Allegiance in 1953, because the words "Under God" would not be added to the Pledge until the following year. I wish I could give it a higher rating out of sympathy.
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