This is a beta version of NNDB
Search: for
Porgy and Bess (24-Jun-1959)

Director: Otto Preminger

Writer: N. Richard Nash

From a play: Porgy by Dorothy Heyward and DuBose Heyward

Keywords: Musical

Folk opera set 1912 in Catfish Row, Charleston, South Carolina, featuring the top echelon of the period's black actors. Porgy loves Bess, a women who repeatedly makes very poor decisions regarding men. Sidney Poitier initially refused participation, but relented as the studio would have deprived him of key roles in other films, notably The Defiant Ones. The actors collectively insisted the caricature dialect in Nash's script not be used. Winner of the Oscars for Best Score, Best Costume Design, and Best Sound Recording.

For many years Porgy and Bess was unavailable for viewing. Rights were not purchased outright by the producers; it was instead leased for a period of 15 years. After that time, the Gershwin estate refused to relicense or even permit screenings, and went to far as to acquire and destroy as many prints as it could obtain.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Claude Akins
25-May-1926 27-Jan-1994 Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo
Pearl Bailey
29-Mar-1918 17-Aug-1990 Appointed by Nixon as Ambassador of Love
Diahann Carroll
17-Jul-1935   Claudine
Dorothy Dandridge
9-Nov-1922 8-Sep-1965 Carmen Jones
Sammy Davis, Jr.
8-Dec-1925 16-May-1990 Coolest hepcat in the Rat Pack
Ivan Dixon
6-Apr-1931 16-Mar-2008 Sgt. Kinchloe on Hogan's Heroes
Brock Peters
2-Jul-1927 23-Aug-2005 To Kill a Mockingbird
Sidney Poitier
20-Feb-1927   In The Heat Of The Night


Have you seen this film? We would love to see your review.
Submit your review for this film

Do you know something we don't?
Submit a correction or make a comment about this profile

Copyright ©2019 Soylent Communications