Carmen Jones

Directed by Otto Preminger. 105 minutes. Not Rated. English.
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Carmen Jones, made in 1954, was a rarity for Hollywood: a mainstream film with an all-African American cast.

Dorothy Dandridge stars as Carmen Jones, tempestuous employee of a parachute factory. Harry Belafonte plays Joe, a young military officer engaged to marry virginal Cindy Lou (Olga James).

When Carmen gets into a fight with another girl, she is placed under arrest and put in Joe's charge. Succumbing to her charms, Joe accompanies Carmen to her old neighborhood and drama ensues.