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Song of Freedom 1936

80 mins United Kingdom Director. J. Elder Wills

The great black actor, singer and activist Paul Robeson is on fine form as a lowly London-born dock worker who suddenly finds fame and fortune as a world-famous opera singer. Using his new wealth to explore his African heritage, he discovers he's a descendant of royalty.

Robeson is a compelling presence in this unusual and entertaining early Hammer drama, made long before the company became renowned for horror films. It includes such highlights as Sleepy River, delightfully performed as a duet with charming co-star Elisabeth Welch.

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Directed by

J. Elder Wills

Featuring

Esmé Percy

Elisabeth Welch

Paul Robeson

Genres

Drama Musical

Tags

Opera singers

Collection

Paul Robeson

Released

1936

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

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