Late 20s. Classic entertainment enthusiast, blossoming entertainment historian, and screenwriter. Founder of Kindaris Pictures.
I turned on this movie expecting the story to be somewhat "generic". Example: "Something catastrophic has happened, and the community bands together to try to raise money. Oh, The Harlem Globetrotters just so happen to be coming to town!" - that sort of thing. But instead, I was presented with a movie that today, could serve as a commentary on various perceptions of groups within the African-American community--particularly when seeds of the Civil Rights Movement/Era were starting to bud.
I still haven't read the book, so my review is quite limited. Beautiful cinematography and direction, as is often noted. What I loved most about the film was the way in which it addressed injustice without necessarily being traumatizing. A story told in a very pure and natural way (aesthetically and in relation to storytelling).
What a great watch! The plot was quite simple and true to Pre-Code formula, but the well-developed characters (especially the protagonist) are what make the film. Excellent acting from everyone, as well. The star, Helen Twelvetrees, does a great job of flowing through a range of emotions without steering away from the essence and honesty of the titular role. My main takeaway: I need to watch more movies with Helen Twelvetrees.