UPDATE: For some reason, I can’t update the Janet Gaynor post.  I wrote that A Star is Born is getting another remake, and it just was greenlighted.  It will star Bradley Cooper (who also will direct) and Lady Gaga.

An African-American actor who helped pave the way for Sidney Poitier and others.

The Caine Mutiny (1954)


James is uncredited here playing a Navy man.  Watch for Humphrey Bogart’s performance as an increasingly unhinged officer and the 27th SUTS man of the day Van Johnson with his scar from the metal plate put in his head due to his fateful car accident.

The Phenix City Story (1955)


Edwards plays the father of a slain girl in a corrupt Alabama town.  Filmed in semi-documentary style and is based on a true story.

Home of the Brave (1949)


James is the only black soldier in his WWII unit.  He is fighting for his country and racism within his own unit.


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