- Rated: PG
- Run Time: 1 hours, 47 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: February 1, 2011
- Originally Released: 1969
- Label: Warner Archives
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
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Description by OLDIES.com:
Lady Luck is in the building. Ever since rancher Chuck Rodman (Dan Dailey) grabbed the hand of a passing ballerina, he can't lose. Hold her hand at the roulette table...winner! At the slots...jackpot! Take the danseuse to the homestead to meet mama...a dry oil well comes in! Think maybe the duo should hold hands at the altar? Lovely Cyd Charisse is en pointe for this musical showpiece set in part in the mid-century chic of the Sands Hotel and peppered with credited and uncredited star turns from Old Blue Eyes, Lena Horne, Debbie Reynolds, Frankie Laine, Peter Lorre -- the list goes on. Capping the fun: Charisse's bebop ballet "Frankie & Johnny," voiced by Sammy Davis, Jr.
Director Gordon Parks' introspective, autobiographical film details life for a black youth in Kansas during the 1920s, as he learns about love, violence, and loss.
Gordon Parks' adaptation of his autobiographical novel. The story centers on Newt, a sensitive and intelligent 15-year-old boy living in the South during the 1920s. An African-American with high aspirations in an age when segregation ruled, Newt's experiences with racism, sex, love, and loss help him develop into a mature individual. In contrast, Newt's friend Marcus is a sullen youth who seems to think only with his fists, and whose life is headed nowhere. But Newt's morality is severely tested when the wrong man is arrested for a murder that Newt witnessed. If Newt discloses the true killer's identity, it could affect both his and Marcus' lives forever.
- THE LEARNING TREE was an original selection to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1989.
- Gordon Parks's first feature film.
- A Winger Enterprises production.