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Porgy and Bess
Directed by:
Otto Preminger

Released on June 24 of 1959 in the USA, "Porgy and Bess" is a Musical/Romance/Drama film directed by Otto Preminger . Sidney Poitier and Dorothy Dandridge are starring, alongside Sammy Davis Jr., Pearl Bailey, Brock Peters and Diahann Carroll.

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Who directed "Porgy and Bess":

Porgy and Bess was directed by Otto Preminger, a director, producer, and actor.

Before making Porgy and Bess, Otto Preminger had directed Bonjour tristesse, released in 1958, Saint Joan (1957), The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955), The Man with the Golden Arm (1955), Carmen Jones (1954), and River of No Return (1954). Since, he directed Anatomy of a Murder, released in 1959, Exodus (1960), Advise & Consent (1962), The Cardinal (1963), Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965), and Hurry Sundown (1967).

When was "Porgy and Bess" released:

Porgy and Bess was initially released on Wednesday, June 24, 1959, in the United States. Also released on Wednesday, June 24, 1959 has been Shake Hands with the Devil (dir. Michael Anderson). This was sixty (60) years ago.

It has been released on Wednesday, October 14, 1959 in France; Friday, April 01, 1960 in Germany; Thursday, December 17, 1959 in Italy and on Wednesday, March 29, 1961 in Japan.

Who is at the casting of "Porgy and Bess":

At the casting of Porgy and Bess we find Sidney Poitier, previously seen in The Defiant Ones (1958) and Band of Angels (1957); Dorothy Dandridge (The Decks Ran Red (1958), Tamango (1958)); Sammy Davis Jr. (Anna Lucasta (1959), Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956)) [ more... ]

  • Roy Glenn and Dorothy Dandridge, Pearl Bailey, Brock Peters, Diahann Carroll also appeared together in Carmen Jones, released in 1954.
  • Roy Glenn and Sidney Poitier, Ivan Dixon can be seen in A Raisin in the Sun, released in 1961.
  • Pearl Bailey and Roy Glenn can also be seen in St. Louis Blues, released in 1958.

What is the Storyline of "Porgy and Bess":

Set in the early 1900s in the fictional Catfish Row section of Charleston, South Carolina, which serves as home to a black fishing community, the story focuses on the titular characters, crippled beggar Porgy, who travels about in a goat-drawn cart, and the drug-addicted Bess, who lives with stevedore Crown, the local bully. While high on cocaine supplied by Sportin' Life, Crown kills Robbins after the latter vanquishes him in a craps game; Bess urges Crown to flee. Sportin' Life suggests she accompany him [...]

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