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The Green Pastures (1936)

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In this film, Old Testament stories are told from the point of view of a black Sunday School teacher; the Biblical prose is translated into words that his congregation could readily understand. Rex Ingram is nothing less than brilliant as De Lawd, speaking the most ludicrous of lines with dignity.

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Cast

Rex Ingram
as De Lawd
Oscar Polk
as Gabriel
George H. Reed
as Mr. Deshee
Abraham Gleaves
as Archangel
James Fuller
as Cain the Sixth
George Randol
as High Priest
Ida Forsythe
as Noah's Wife
Ida Forsyne
as Mrs. Noah
William Cumby
as Abraham/Head Magician/King of Babylon
Billy Cumby
as King of Babylon
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Critic Reviews for The Green Pastures

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Recreates various Sunday school stories from the Old Testament that's told in a spirited manner in the lingo of the rural southern Negro.

January 15, 2007 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's all ridiculous, of course, but in an open-hearted, naïve sort of way it's an oddly captivating achievement.

February 16, 2006 | Full Review…
Combustible Celluloid

There can be no questioning the uplifting moral fiber of the tales, the infectious spirit of its music, or the genuine affection brought to their parts by the actors involved.

January 6, 2006 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…
Movie Metropolis

All African-American cast in dated but powerful religious drama.

January 2, 2005 | Rating: 2/5
Kansas City Kansan

Fine film version of the play with Rex Ingram in a brilliant central performance as God.

June 16, 2003 | Rating: 4/5
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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