Based loosely on a real incident, the film tells of the disappearance of a little African-American girl in a small, segregated community. Caucasian Claude Packard (Harry Morgan, the nephew of the town’s richest man (Barry Kelley), is the last person seen with the little girl. Sensing a cover-up when Morgan is not immediately charged, the black community is on the verge of a riot. But when it’s discovered that the little girl has fallen down a well, all racial differences are forgotten as black and white neighbors work shoulder to shoulder to rescue the child.
Director: Leo C. Popkin & Russell Rouse.
Writers: Russell Rouse (written for the screen by), Clarence Greene (written for the screen by).
Stars: Richard Rober, Gwendolyn Laster, Meidie Norman, George Hamilton, Ernest Anderson, Dick Simmons, Lane Chandler, Pat Mitchell, Margaret Wells, Wheaton Chambers.
1952 Academy Awards – Nominated for an Oscar for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay (Clarence Greene/Russell Rouse).
1952 Academy Awards – Nominated for an Oscar for Best Film Editing (Chester W. Schaeffer).
1952 Golden Globes – Nominated for Best Original Score (Dimitri Tiomkin).