PINKY (1949) Group of 14 photos


Group of fourteen (14) 8 x 10″ (20 x 25 cm.) photos, USA. Ethel Waters, Jeanne Crain, dir: Elia Kazan; Twentieth Century Fox. One photo trimmed for publication, one with printed text on verso, JUST ABOUT FINE.

This is one of a few post-WWII Hollywood films which attempted to come to grips with racism. It was compromised in various ways (including the use of a white actress as Pinky, a light-skinned African American). But it also contained distinguished performances from various Black actors, including an Oscar-nominated turn by Ethel Waters as the protagonist’s mother. Waters is in eight of these photos; five feature other African American actors (including two of the legendary Nina Mae McKinney, in her first major studio film in twenty years, since the 1929 HALLELUJAH).

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