• United Kingdom
  • 1940
  • 76 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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  • Spine #373

By the start of World War II, Paul Robeson had given up his lucrative mainstream work to participate in more socially progressive film and stage productions. As David Goliath, in the popular British drama The Proud Valley, Robeson is the quintessential everyman, an American sailor who joins rank-and-file Welsh miners organizing against the powers that be.

Cast

David Goliath Paul Robeson
Dick ParryEdward Chapman
Evelyn ParrySimon Lack
Mrs. ParryRachel Thomas
DilysDilys Thomas
BertEdward Rigby
Gwen Owen Janet Johnson
EvansCharles Williams
ThomasJack Jones

Credits

DirectorPen Tennyson
ProducerMichael Balcon
Musical arrangementErnest Irving
Based on the story byHerbert Marshall and Alfredda Brilliant
ScreenplayPen Tennyson, Jack Jones and Louis Golding
Associate producerSergei Nolbandov
CinematographyGlen MacWilliams and Roy Kellino
Art directorWilfrid Shingleton
EditingRay Pitt

Disc Features

FEATURED ON THE DISC PAUL ROBESON: CITIZEN OF THE WORLD WITH THE FEATURE NATIVE LAND

  • New, digital transfers of The Proud Valley and Native Land created from the best surviving elements
  • “The Story of Native Land,” a new video interview with cinematographer Tom Hurwitz, son of Frontier Films cofounder and Native Land codirector Leo Hurwitz
  • 1958 Pacifica Radio interview with Paul Robeson (Courtesy of Pacifica Radio Archives)
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

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Film Essays

Paul Robeson: A Modern Man

By Clement Alexander PriceFebruary 12, 2007

Called by some the Great Forerunner and others the Tallest Tree in Our Forest, Paul Robeson is . . . Read more »