Paul Robeson had a big voice, was an actor of ‘Bigger than Life’ roles, a performer of unique intensity, with a passion that easily communicated to the movie-goer, the emotions and the ranges of Robeson’s emotions, thereby gifting the viewer with an experience that few actors, before or since, have been able to achieve. His was a powerful presence which carried his characterizations beyond the written words, past the lyrics he sung, shining brightly, so silver-brightly that the silver-screen could hardly contain him. He appeared in numerous stage productions on Broadway and in London, yet he made just 13 movies; which is our loss.
(Films of Mr. Robeson without an image for representation are: Camille (a short-subject), 1926, Borderline (a late silent feature), 1930, and he provided his voice as narrator for Native Land, 1942.)
By C. S. Williams