"This War Department enlistment film aims to recruit African Americans in its World War II engagement. The documentary has as its framework a black minister's explanation to his congregation of the reasons they should join the armed forces to fight the Nazis. The viewer sees historical re-enactments of African Americans as valued participants in U.S. armed conflicts dating from the American Revolution. Scenes also detail Black accomplishments in the country's history, with footage of Blacks as they served as judges and school teachers, conducted orchestras, played football, and served the U.S. Army in World War II. Footage is included of Jesse Owens and other Blacks as they competed in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. "The Negro Soldier" was produced by Frank Capra and directed by Stuart Heisler, with music by Dimitri Tiomkin."--National Archives and Records Administration description.
Shorter version (20 min.) also issued.
Additional credits taken from NARA website and IMDb.
DVD copy available.
Producer, Frank Capra; director, Stuart Heisler; writer, Carlton Moss; music, Army Air Forces Orchestra; musical director, Dimitri Tiomkin.
Carlton Moss (minister); Bertha Wolford (mother).
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the War Department presents ; produced by the War Department, Special Service Division, Army Service Forces, with the cooperation of the Signal Corps.