Directed by Allan Dwan • 1937 • United States
Starring Claire Trevor, Sally Blane, Douglas Fowley
An unusually complex and empathetic treatment of race from 1930s Hollywood, this fascinating and long-overlooked drama marked the last screen appearance of trailblazing actor and activist Fredi Washington, following her searing performance in John M. Stahl’s IMITATION OF LIFE. ONE MILE FROM HEAVEN centers on the relationship that develops between newspaper reporter Lucy “Tex” Warren (Claire Trevor) and a woman who may be her next big scoop: Flora Jackson (Washington), a Black seamstress raising a white girl whom she claims is her own daughter. As Tex investigates, she finds that there is much more to the story. Bill “Bojangles” Robinson lends memorable support and displays his legendary footwork.