Seven Angry Men

(1955)

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Raymond Massey, who 15 years ago delivered an electrifying performance as John Brown in Santa Fe Trail, returns as the Old Man to big screen. If his first portrayal of John Brown is considered the most negative, then, without a doubt, this one is the most positive. In this film, Brown is shown not only as a just anti-slavery warrior who is put into context of struggle against the overwhelming Slave Power, but also as a loving father and husband.Personal and informal interactions between the Brown family members shows a human side of the famous revolutionary. Even the heroine, who initially heard about Brown as a ”dangerous fanatical man,” is later convinced by her Kansas-dwelling father that Brown is a “great man” who should have arrived to Kansas earlier.

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