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The Story of Doctor Carver (1938)

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Uncredited cast:
Jesse Graves Jesse Graves ... George Washington Carver's Father (uncredited)
Ben Hall Ben Hall ... Farmer (uncredited)
John Lester Johnson John Lester Johnson ... Booker T. Washington (uncredited)
Frank McGlynn Jr. ... Cotton Farmer (uncredited)
Bernice Pilot Bernice Pilot ... George Washington Carver's Mother (uncredited)
Clinton Rosemond Clinton Rosemond ... George Washington Carver (uncredited)
William Royle ... Cotton Buyer (uncredited)
Pete Smith ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Walter Soderling ... Pig Farmer (uncredited)
Ferris Taylor ... Slave Trader (uncredited)
Forrest Taylor ... Foster Father Carver (uncredited)
E. Alyn Warren ... Reluctant Peanut Buyer (uncredited)


The story of Dr. George Washington Carver (1864-1943), black educator and horticulturist. He is perhaps most well known for developing over 140 products from all parts of the peanut plant, including the shells and husks. He also developed products based on sweet potatoes and soybeans, and developed a cotton hybrid that was named after him. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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Short | Biography | Drama







Release Date:

18 June 1938 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Terrific Story in Nice Gem
6 October 2010 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Story of Doctor Carver, The (1938)

*** (out of 4)

Pete Smith short is a very entertaining one as we learn about Dr. George Washington Carver, a slave whose family was broken up but thankfully he landed in the care of a man who realized how smart he was and pushed him into an education. Carver discovered that farmers in the South could rotate crops from peanuts to cotton. When the peanut market crashed, Carver went back to the research and ended up finding over 140 uses for peanuts. I wasn't familiar with the story of this man but it turned out to be an incredibly interesting one as seeing how he nearly died because he was a "sick slave" and no one would buy him to getting the break of a lifetime to be able to get an education. Zinnemann, who would go onto become one of the most beloved directors, does a great job at telling the story and really gets a lot out of the cast who turn in good performances even though they don't have a single line of dialogue. As usual, Smith does his typical great narration and makes this worth watching.

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