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Director: Oscar Micheaux

Writer(s): Charles Chesnut (novel Behind the Hills)**

Starring: Evelyn Preer, William Fountaine, Norman Johnstone, A.B. DeComathiere, Cleo Desmond, Louis De Bulger, Mabel Young, Cornelius Watkins, Kathryn Boyd, Ira O. McGowan, Lewis Schooler, Jerry Brown, James Carey, Viola Miles, Mary Jane Watkins

Synopsis: Alfred Dubois and his charming secretary organize a film production company. Their first film is entitled The Hypocrite. All goes well with the production until Dubois must show his film to the censor board, which includes a delegation of preachers headed by the recalcitrant and conservative Christian P. Bently. Upon viewing the film, Bently expresses violent disapproval and persuades the censors to reject it. Dubois is persistent, though, and appeals to the board to screen the film for a less biased audience to decide if the sequence in question warrants the film’s rejection. The film is projected as the new committee members look on.

Release Date: Mar 1, 1923 (USA) | Length: Unknown | Genre: Drama | MPAA Rating: Unknown

* May be a lost film.

** this writing credit is from African American Films Through 1959 by Larry Richards (ISBN 0-7864-0307-1) but I didn’t find a writer named Charles Chestnut. I found a Charles W. Chestnutt, but no mention of him writing a story called Behind the Hills.

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