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YMMV / The Green Pastures

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  • Fair for Its Day: Despite its patronizing attitude and tiresome stereotype characters and dialect (it was written by a white man), The Green Pastures has its good points. It was one of only six pictures from the Hollywood studio era to have an all-black cast. It gave work to hundreds of black actors, and it is probably the first picture to cast a black man (the amazing Rex Ingram) as God. Some older black viewers also give it high marks for its choral music by the Hall Johnson Choir (you'll hear them again in Dumbo, where they do the voices for the helpful crows).