Carlton Moss

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Carlton Moss
BornFebruary 14, 1909
DiedAugust 10, 1997(1997-08-10) (aged 88)
Alma materMorgan State University
OccupationScreenwriter, film director

Carlton Moss (February 14, 1909 – August 10, 1997) was an African-American screenwriter, actor and film director.[1] Moss directed the documentary Frederick Douglass: The House on Cedar Hill.


Moss was raised in both North Carolina and Newark. He attended Morgan State University, where he formed an acting troupe called "Toward a Black Theater". Later he wrote The Negro Soldier for Frank Capra, a propaganda film encouraging racial harmony among World War II soldiers and specifically encouraging African-American men to enlist. After this film he became an important figure in independent cinema of African Americans[2] In 1944 Moss went to Europe and made the film Teamwork, a documentary about the work of an African-American quartermaster unit known as "The Redball Express".[3] He had the chance to work with Elia Kazan on Pinky but left the project, as he felt it demeaning to blacks. He later taught as a guest lecturer at Fisk University in Nashville [4] and as a professor at the University of California at Irvine [1] in the Comparative Culture Program,[5] and made educational films about African-American history.[6]


  • The Negro Soldier (1943)
  • Teamwork (1944)
  • Frederick Douglass: The House on Cedar Hill (1953)
  • George Washington Carver (1959)
  • Black Genesis: The Art of Tribal Africa (1970)
  • Portraits in Black: Paul Lawrence Dunbar: America's First Black Poet (1972)
  • The Afro-American Artist (1976)
  • Portraits in Black: Two Centuries of Black American Art (1976)
  • Portraits in Black: The Gift of the Black Folk (1978)
  • All the World's A Stage (1979)
  • Drawings from Life: Charles White (1980)
  • Forever Free (1983)


  1. ^ a b Thomas Jr., Robert McG (August 15, 1997). "Carlton Moss, 88, Who Filmed The Black Experience, Dies". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Allmovie
  3. ^ "Carlton Moss".
  4. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica's Guide to Black History
  5. ^ Los Angeles Times
  6. ^ Black Film Center

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