|Directed by||J. Elder Wills|
|Produced by||Henry Passmore
J. Elder Wills
|Written by||Claude McKay (novel) Ingram D'Abbes
|Music by||G. H. Clutsam
|Editing by||Brereton Porter
|Release dates||8 April 1935|
|Running time||85 minutes|
Big Fella is a 1937 British musical drama film directed by J. Elder Wills and starring Paul Robeson, Elisabeth Welch and Roy Emerton. It is loosely based on the novel Banjo by Harlem Renaissance writer Claude McKay.
Big Fella is set on the docks and streets of Marseilles. Paul Robeson stars in the leading role, as a street-wise but honest dockworker who struggles with deep issues of integrity and human values. Elisabeth Welch plays opposite him as a café singer in love with him. Robeson’s wife, Eslanda Robeson, appears as the café owner.
The movie received high praise, particularly for the music, featuring Robeson and Welch, Robeson's performance.
- Paul Robeson as Banjo
- Elisabeth Welch as Amanda 'Manda'
- Roy Emerton as Spike
- James Hayter as Chuck
- Lawrence Brown as Corney
- Eldon Gorst as Gerald Oliphant
- Marcelle Rogez as Marietta
- Eric Cowley as Ferdy Oliphant
- Joyce Kennedy as Mrs. Oliphant
- Dino Galvani as Gendarme
- Anthony Holles as Gendarme
- Margaret Rutherford as Nanny
- Big Fella at the Internet Movie Database
- Big Fella is available for free download at the Internet Archive [more]
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