The Green Pastures (film)

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The Green Pastures
Poster of the movie The Green Pastures.jpg
Directed by Marc Connelly
William Keighley
Produced by Jack L. Warner
Screenplay by Sheridan Gibney
Based on The Green Pastures &
Ol' Man Adam an' His Chillun
1930 play & 1928 novel 
by Marc Connelly & Roark Bradford
Starring Rex Ingram
Oscar Polk
Eddie Anderson
Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Cinematography Hal Mohr
Edited by George Amy
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release dates
  • July 16, 1936 (1936-07-16)
Running time
93 min.
Country United States
Language English

The Green Pastures is a 1936 American film depicting stories from the Bible as visualized by African American characters. It starred Rex Ingram (in several roles, including "De Lawd"), Oscar Polk, and Eddie "Rochester" Anderson. It was based on the novel Ol' Man Adam an' His Chillun by Roark Bradford and the subsequent Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name by Marc Connelly.

Although criticised by civil rights activists at the time, and subsequently, it is one of only six feature films in the Hollywood Studio era to feature an all-African American cast.[1]

Plot summary[edit]

God tests the human race in this reenactment of Bible stories set in the world of black American folklore.



  1. ^ G. S. Morris "Thank God for Uncle Tom – Race and Religion Collide in The Green Pastures", Bright Lights, Issue 59, February 2008

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