Cinema: The New Pictures, Apr. 20, 1953

Bright Road (M-G-M), a drama of Southern Negro life, spins a slight, sentimental story about a pretty, fourth-grade schoolteacher (Dorothy Dandridge) and a handsome principal (Harry Bellafonte) who, through kindness and understanding, reform a rebellious, eleven-year-old pupil (Philip Hepburn). The picture tells its story simply and straightforwardly. Unfortunately, for all its charm, it often seems unreal. The writing and direction are stilted, things have a too-well-scrubbed look, and the characters frequently appear stiff and selfconscious. In the main roles. Nightclub Singers Dandridge and Bellafonte, making their movie debuts, are at their best...

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