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Band of Angels
Directed by Raoul Walsh
Written by Ivan Goff
Ben Roberts
Starring Clark Gable
Yvonne DeCarlo
Sidney Poitier
Music by Max Steiner
Distributed by Warner Brothers
Release date(s) 1957
Running time 125 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Band of Angels is a 1957 romantic drama film set in the American South before and during the American Civil War, based on the novel by Robert Penn Warren. It starred Clark Gable, Yvonne De Carlo, and Sidney Poitier. The movie was directed by Raoul Walsh.


The movie is based on Robert Penn Warren's "Band of Angels". Amantha Starr (Yvonne De Carlo) is the privileged daughter of a plantation owner. However, after he dies, a shocking secret is revealed: unbeknownst to Amantha, her mother had been one of her father's black slaves. Legally now property, she is taken by a slave trader to New Orleans to be sold. On the riverboat ride there, he makes it clear that he intends to sleep with her, but desists when she tries to hang herself; as a beautiful, cultured young woman who can pass for white, she is far too valuable to risk losing.

Amantha is put up for auction. When she is callously inspected by a coarse potential buyer, she is rescued from further humiliation by Hamish Bond (Clark Gable), who outbids the cad, paying an exorbitant price for her. Expecting the worst, Amantha is surprised to be treated as a lady, not a slave, by her new owner. At his city mansion, she meets his key slaves, his housekeeper Michele (Carolle Drake) and his conflicted right-hand-man Rau-Ru (Sidney Poitier). Rau-Ru is grateful for the kindness, education and trust Hamish has bestowed on him, but can never forget his social status.

As time goes on, Amantha and Hamish fall in love. To complicate things further, Hamish harbors a terrible secret from his past that troubles his conscience.

Then, the Civil War breaks out. Eventually, New Orleans falls to the Union, and Hamish becomes a wanted man. He and Amantha are helped to escape by Rau-Ru, who had fled and joined the Union army.


  • Clark Gable as Hamish Bond
  • Yvonne De Carlo as Amantha Starr
  • Sidney Poitier as Rau-Ru
  • Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. as Lieutenant Ethan Sears
  • Rex Reason as Captain Seth Parton (Union officer)
  • Patric Knowles as Charles de Marigny
  • Torin Thatcher as Captain Canavan
  • Andrea King as Miss Idell
  • Ray Teal as Mr. Calloway
  • Russell Evans as Jimmee (Bond's steward)
  • Carolle Drake as Michele (Bond's housekeeper)
  • Raymond Bailey as Mr. Stuart (plantation owner)
  • Tommie Moore as Dollie (Bond's house servant)


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