The Crowning Experience (1960)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Biopic [feature]  |   Run Time - 102 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Produced and distributed by Moral Re-Armament, this standard musical drama about Moral Re-Armament is an obvious plug that could have benefitted from a broader perspective. Loosely based on the life of Afro-American educator Mary McLeod (played by Muriel Smith), the tale oddly de-emphasizes how she devoted all her considerable energy into her impressive goal of starting a university. Instead, she is shown teaching school in a poor area (the school is on a hillside, no building is involved), and she features in several of the songs that brighten the movie. How the script came to ignore her magnificent achievements to focus on her singing and final quest for personal spiritual growth is probably due to the focus of the producers and funders.

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morale, reporter, struggle, teacher