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Salt of the Earth (1954)



Salt of the Earth

(1954)

Documentary / Drama

94 minutes

Directed by Herbert Biberman

Cast:

Will Geer as Sheriff
David Wolfe as Barton
Mervin Williams as Hartwell
David Sarvis as Alexander
Rosaura Revueltas as Esperanza Quintero
E.A. Rockwell as Vance
William Rockwell as Kimbrough
Juan Chacon as Ramon Quintero
Henrietta Williams as Teresa Vidal

This film was written, directed and produced by members of the original 'Hollywood Ten', who were blacklisted for refusing to answer Congressional inquiries on First Amendment grounds.

Based on an actual strike against the Empire Zinc Mine in New Mexico , the film deals with the prejudice against Mexican American workers, who struck to attain wage parity with Anglo workers in other mines and to be treated with dignity by the bosses.

The film is an early treatment of feminism, because the wives of the miners play a pivotal role in the strike, against their husbands' wishes. In the end, the greatest victory for the workers and their families is the realization that prejudice and poor treatment are conditions that are not always imposed by outside forces.




Directors:
Actors: Will Geer
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Matinee Classics - Salt of the Earth starring Will Geer, David Wolfe, Mervin Williams, David Sarvis, Rosaura Revueltas, E.A. Rockwell, William Rockwell, Juan Chacon and Henrietta Williams
Matinee Classics - Salt of the Earth starring Will Geer, David Wolfe, Mervin Williams, David Sarvis, Rosaura Revueltas, E.A. Rockwell, William Rockwell, Juan Chacon and Henrietta Williams
Matinee Classics - Salt of the Earth starring Will Geer, David Wolfe, Mervin Williams, David Sarvis, Rosaura Revueltas, E.A. Rockwell, William Rockwell, Juan Chacon and Henrietta Williams


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