The Well

The Well

Director: Leo C. Popkin, Russell Rouse Cast: Richard Rober, Gwendolyn Laster

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Overview

The Well is a modest but generally effective plea for racial tolerance. Based loosely on a real incident, the film tells of the disappearance of a little African-American girl in a small, segregated community. Caucasian Claude Packard (Harry Morgan, the nephew of the town's richest man (Barry Kelley), is the last person seen with the little girl. Sensing a coverup when Morgan is not immediately charged, the black community is on the verge of a riot. But when it's discovered that the little girl has fallen down a well, all racial differences are forgotten as black and white neighbors work shoulder to shoulder to rescue the child. The Well tries very hard to be equitable by 1951 standards, and is heartfelt enough to overcome its occasional lapses into stereotype and condescension.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/20/2007
UPC: 0014381870527
Original Release: 1951
Rating: NR
Source: Image Entertainment
Time: 1:25:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Rober Sheriff Ben Kellogg
Gwendolyn Laster Carolyn Crawford
Maide Norman Mrs. Crawford
George Hamilton Grandfather
Ernest Anderson Mr. Crawford
Dick Simmons Mickey
Lane Chandler Stan
Pat Mitchell Peter
Margaret Wells Schoolteacher
Wheaton Chambers Woody
Michael Ross Frank
Russell Trent Chet
Allen Mathews Hal
John Philips Fred
Christine Larson Casey
Roy Engel Gleason
Alfred Grant Gaines
Edwin Max Milkman
Guy Beach Baggageman
Robert Osterloh Wylie
Walter Kelly Chip
Mary Ellen Kay Lois
Beverly Jons Sally
Elzie Emanuel Student
Tom Powers Mayor
Bill Walker Dr. Billings
Douglas Evans Lobel
Sherry Hall Manners
Barry Kelley Sam Packard
Jess Kirkpatrick Quigley
Henry Morgan Claude Packard

Technical Credits
Leo C. Popkin Director
Russell Rouse Director,Screenwriter
Clarence Greene Producer,Screenwriter
Ernest Laszlo Cinematographer
Harry M. Popkin Producer
Chester Schaeffer Editor
Dimitri Tiomkin Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Well
1. Main Title, Falling Down [2:14]
2. Looking for Uncle Twiggy [14:17]
3. Sam Packard's Nephew [8:56]
4. The Pressure Cooker [7:25]
5. Heading for a Race Riot [8:57]
6. The Bottom of the Well [9:59]
7. Sinking a Shaft [11:50]
8. A Change of Heart [8:04]
9. Cutting the Pipe [7:48]
10. A Slow Ascent [1:42]
11. Praying for a Miracle [2:43]
12. End Credits [1:02]

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