The Great “Lost” Musical

Poster for the 1959 release of 'Porgy and Bess'

Poster for the 1959 release of ‘Porgy and Bess’. Photo courtesy Columbia Pictures.

‘Porgy and Bess’ was one of the first movies every made to feature a fully black cast. The movie musical in 1959 was based on the 1935 Broadway production by George Gershwin. This was a major reason why George’s brother Ira sold the rights to Samuel Goldwyn.

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