short film John Henry © Disney
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John Henry

John Henry, a former slave, joins a railroad crew and it isn't long before his great physical strength makes him a legend as a "steeldriver." The crew has been promised land in exchange for helping push the railroads westward, but then the company buys a steam-powered hammer to do the work instead. To save his job and the jobs of the other men, John Henry challenges the owner to a contest: Henry will race the steam-powered hammer.

Created by: Disney
Language: English
Country of Origin: USA
Featuring the voices of:
Alfre Woodard ... Polly / Narrator
Geoffrey Jones ... John Henry
Tim Hodge ... MacTavish
Dave Murray ... Thomas
Carrie Harrington ... Polly (singing voice)
Directed by: Mark Henn
Produced by: Steven Keller
Musical Score by: Stephen James Taylor

Johnny Appleseed @copy; DisneyJohn Henry was released in the "American Legends" collection alongside three other short films:
- Johnny Appleseed (1948 - see Melody Time)
- The Brave Engineer (1950)
- Paul Bunyan (1958)

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