About

Set in the early 1900s in the fictional Catfish Row section of Charleston, South Carolina, which serves as home to a black fishing community, the story focuses on the titular characters, crippled beggar Porgy, who travels about in a goat-drawn cart, and the drug-addicted Bess, who lives with stevedore Crown, the local bully.

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Directed by

Otto Preminger

Written by

Dorothy Heyward (Theatre Play)
DuBose Heyward (Theatre Play)
N. Richard Nash (Screenplay)

Runtime

138 minutes

Country

United States of America

Language

English

Tagline

Introducing a new era in motion pictures!

Cast

Keywords

musical music fisherman early 1900s based on opera south carolina charleston

Photos

Lists

#92 on AFI's 100 years...100 passions AFI

Awards

Oscar for Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture

Oscar nomination for Best Costume Design, Color

Oscar nomination for Best Sound

Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography, Color