|Paul Robeson and the Welsh male voice choir|
The Criterion Collection includes The Proud Valley, 1940, in their excellent Paul Robeson box set. It's a British film starring the amazing Robeson as Dave, an American merchant seaman who finds a home in a small Welsh mining town. It was produced just at the beginning of WW2, the work of the lamented Pen Tennyson, an extremely promising young director who died in a plane crash in 1942.
|...as the choir practices "Elijah"|
Dave becomes friendly with the choir leader, who gets him a job in the mine to keep him in town. The plot is fast moving and a bit eccentric; there's a romance, a mining disaster, an unexpected death, sudden unemployment, social activism, all buoyed by wonderful music. The mine closes and the workers determine to seek redress by marching on Parliament. But by the time they get there, war is immanent, and the government not only re-opens the mine but plans to test new and possibly dangerous equipment to speed up production for the war effort. And in fact the actual scenes in the mine are quite interesting (although this part was filmed in a Yorkshire mine).
|Dave finds a home with a miner's family|
Here's a link to the Criterion Collection's Robeson Box Set containing this film: http://www.criterion.com/boxsets/443-paul-robeson-portraits-of-the-artist
It's also available on HuluPlus.