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Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
Abigail Miriam Feder <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 11 Apr 1994 18:36:27 -0700
<[log in to unmask]> from "Erin Elder, Albion College" at Apr 11, 94 12:37:33 pm
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> I am interested in films which have been remade with black characters.
> in roles originally cast with whites, for example BLACULA/DRACULA.
> Richard Brooks's novel THE BRICK FOXHOLE, for example, became the
> film CROSSFIRE, and the gay character became a Jew (and the story
> about anti-semitism instead of homophobia).
> Can any of the netters think of similar cases dealing with African-
> Americans -- i.e. in which a remake or retelling cast blacks
> in roles which originally featured whites or some other ethnicity?
> Similarly, Can anyone remember the T.V. remake of the Defiant Ones with
> Phyllisha Rashad, in which the male charachters are recast as females.
> (while preserving the color differences)
> Erin Elder
> Albion College
The Kid From Left Field with Gary Coleman and Robert Guillaime.  There
have also been several stage musicals redone with black casts: Hello
Dolly! w/ Pearl Bailey, Guys and Dolls w/Guillaime, a Hot Mikado and a
Swing Mikado (one of these for the Federal Theatre); also in recent
years a black Glass Menagerie in DC and a Playboy of the Western World
reset in the West Indies. . .