Black Like Me (1964)

107 mins | Drama | 1964

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HISTORY

Location scenes filmed in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D. C., and the west coast of Florida. The working title of this film is No Man Walks Alone ... More Less

Location scenes filmed in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D. C., and the west coast of Florida. The working title of this film is No Man Walks Alone . More Less

CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANIES
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
MUSIC
Mus comp & cond
SOUND
Sd re-rec
MAKEUP
PRODUCTION MISC
Asst to the prod
Asst to the dir
Tech dir
Title des
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin (Boston, 1961).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
No Man Walks Alone
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 20 May 1964
Duration(in mins):
107
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

John Finley Horton, a white Southern newspaperman, darkens his skin and begins to live as a black while writing a series of magazine articles about his experiences. Horton has a number of harrowing encounters, both with whites and blacks, as he travels from town to town in his disguise. His treatment brings him close to hysteria, and he seeks temporary refuge with some white friends before resuming his masquerade. One of Horton's last encounters is with black Frank Newcomb and his son Tom. Frank believes integration will be accomplished only through love, but Tom feels differently and is cynical about Horton's articles and outraged when he learns that Horton is really white. It is pointed out that Horton, unlike a real Negro, can always shed his blackness. Horton returns to his own world unsure if his articles had any beneficial effect, but with the satisfaction of having told the ... +


John Finley Horton, a white Southern newspaperman, darkens his skin and begins to live as a black while writing a series of magazine articles about his experiences. Horton has a number of harrowing encounters, both with whites and blacks, as he travels from town to town in his disguise. His treatment brings him close to hysteria, and he seeks temporary refuge with some white friends before resuming his masquerade. One of Horton's last encounters is with black Frank Newcomb and his son Tom. Frank believes integration will be accomplished only through love, but Tom feels differently and is cynical about Horton's articles and outraged when he learns that Horton is really white. It is pointed out that Horton, unlike a real Negro, can always shed his blackness. Horton returns to his own world unsure if his articles had any beneficial effect, but with the satisfaction of having told the story. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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