Pioneers of African American Cinema (2016)

Pioneers of African American Cinema (2016)

Director: Spencer Williams, Oscar Micheaux, Richard E. Norman, James Gist, Eloyce Gist, Richard C. Kahn Writer(s): Unknown Starring: Paul Robeson, Ethel Moses, Spencer Williams, Evelyn Preer, Herb Jeffries, Zora Neale Hurston Synopsis: This collection of the...
Pioneers of African-American Cinema

Pioneers of African-American Cinema

A little-known chapter of film history, the “race film” – funded, written, produced, directed, distributed, and often exhibited by people of color – flourished from the 1920s into the 1940s. Previously circulated only in poor-quality 16mm prints, these newly...
Lying Lips (1939)

Lying Lips (1939)

Director: Oscar Micheaux Writer(s): Oscar Micheaux Starring: Edna Mae Harris, Carman Newsome, Robert Earl Jones, Frances E. Williams, Cherokee Thornton, Slim Thompson, Gladys Williams, Juano Hernandez, Henry ‘Gang’ Gines, Don De Leo, Charles La Torre,...
Director Oscar Micheaux

Director Oscar Micheaux

“Your self image is so powerful it unwittingly becomes your destiny.” Born: January 2, 1884 From: Metropolis, Illinois, USA Bio: Oscar Devereaux Micheaux (January 2, 1884 – March 25, 1951) was an American author, film director and independent producer of...
The Czar of Black Hollywood (2014)

The Czar of Black Hollywood (2014)

Director: Bayer L. Mack Featuring: Oscar Micheaux Synopsis: Oscar Micheaux was a towering figure even by today’s standards. He was not only America’s preeminent black filmmaker for three decades, but also the country’s most prolific; having directed...
The Betrayal (1948)

The Betrayal (1948)

Director: Oscar Micheaux Writer(s): Oscar Micheaux (novel “The Wind from Nowhere” and screenplay) Starring: William Byrd, Leroy Collins, Verlie Cowan, Frances De Young, Vernon B. Duncan, Edward Fraction, Harris Gaines, Jessie Johnson, Barbara Lee, Yvonne...
The Notorious Elinor Lee (1940)

The Notorious Elinor Lee (1940)

Director: Oscar Micheaux Writer(s): Oscar Micheaux Starring: Gladys Williams, Robert Earl Jones, Carman Newsome, Edna Mae Harris, Vera Burrelle, Eddie Lemons, Columbus Jackson, Laura Bowman, Madeline Donegan, Amanda Randolph, Robert Paquin, O. W. Polk, Charles...
Birthright (1939)

Birthright (1939)

Director: Oscar Micheaux Writer(s): Thomas Sigismund Stribling (novel), Oscar Micheaux Starring: Laura Bowman, Tom Dillon, Columbus Jackson, Herbert E. Jelley, Carman Newsome, S. O. Moses, Alec Lovejoy, Trixie Smith, Hazel Lisz, Ida Forsyne, John Ward, C. R. Chace,...
Swing! (1938)

Swing! (1938)

Director: Oscar Micheaux Writer(s): Oscar Micheaux Starring: Cora Green, Larry Seymour, Hazel Diaz, Alec Lovejoy, Carman Newsome, Amanda Randolph, Trixie Smith, Nat Reed, Sammy Gardiner, Dorothy Van Engle, Doli Armena, Columbus Jackson, George R. Taylor, Leon Gross,...
God’s Step Children (1938)

God’s Step Children (1938)

Director: Oscar Micheaux Writer(s): Oscar Micheaux (adapted from Naomi, Negress!) Starring: Jacqueline Lewis, Ethel Moses, Alice B. Russell, Trixie Smith, Charles Thompson, Carman Newsome, Gloria Press, Alec Lovejoy, Columbus Jackson, Laura Bowman, Sam Patterson,...
Temptation (1935)

Temptation (1935)

Director: Oscar Micheaux Writer(s): Oscar Micheaux Starring: Andrew Bishop, Ethel Moses, Lorenzo Tucker, Hilda Rogers, Alfred ‘Slick’ Chester, Lillian Fitzgerald, Raymond Kaalund, Taft Rice, Howard Babin, Dorothy Burr, Bobby Hargreaves and His Kit Kat Club...
Underworld (1937)

Underworld (1937)

Director: Oscar Micheaux Writer(s): Edna Mae Baker (novel ‘Chicago After Midnight’) Starring: Bee Freeman, Sol Johnson, ‘Slick’ Chester, Ethel Moses, Oscar Polk, Lorenzo Tucker, Dottie Salters, The Pope Sisters, Bobby Hargreaves, Larry Seymour,...
Murder in Harlem (1935)

Murder in Harlem (1935)

Director: Oscar Micheaux Writer(s): Oscar Micheaux Starring: Clarence Brooks, Dorothy Van Engle, Andrew Bishop, Alec Lovejoy, Laura Bowman, Bee Freeman, Oscar Micheaux, Eunice Wilson, Lorenzo McClane, David Hanna, “Slick” Chester, Lionel Monagas, Alice B....
Harlem After Midnight (1934)

Harlem After Midnight (1934)

Director: Oscar Micheaux Writer(s): Oscar Micheaux Starring: Lawrence Chenault, ‘Slick’ Chester, A.B. DeComathiere, Bee Freeman, Bee Freeman, Rex Ingram, Sol Johnson, Count Le Shine, Pearl McCormack, Oscar Micheaux, Carlton Moss, Sam Patterson, Alice B....

Phantom of Kenwood (1933)

Director: Oscar Micheaux Writer(s): Unknown Starring: Frank L. Wilson, Babe Townsend, Bea Freeman, Pearl McCormack, Carlton Moss Synopsis: “This feature deals with the theme of a perfect murder and in telling how it is solved holds intense and intriguing moments...
The Girl from Chicago (1932)

The Girl from Chicago (1932)

Director: Oscar Micheaux Writer(s): Oscar Micheaux (story and adaptation) Starring: Grace Smith, Carl Mahon, Eunice Brooks, Starr Calloway, Edwin Cary, Minto Cato, ‘Slick’ Chester, Chick Evans, John Everett, Buddy Harris, Juano Hernandez, Alice B. Russell,...
Ten Minutes to Live (1932)

Ten Minutes to Live (1932)

Director: Oscar Micheaux Writer(s): Oscar Micheaux (adaptation and story) Starring: Lawrence Chenault, A.B. DeComathiere, Laura Bowman, Willor Lee Guilford, Tressie Mitchell, Mabel Garrett, Carl Mahon, Galle De Gaston, George Williams, Lorenzo Tucker, William A....
Veiled Aristocrats (1932)

Veiled Aristocrats (1932)

Director: Oscar Micheaux Writer(s): Charles W. Chesnutt (novel), Oscar Micheaux Starring: Lucille Lewis, Walter Fleming, Laura Bowman, Lawrence Chenault, Lorenzo Tucker, Carl Mahon, Barrington Guy, Willor Lee Guilford, Bernardine Mason, Aurora Edwards, Mabel Garrett,...

Black Magic (1932)

Director: Oscar Micheaux Writer(s): Oscar Micheaux Starring:  Synopsis:  Release Date: 1932 (USA) | Length: Unknown | Genre: Drama | MPAA Rating: NR *I found no other information about this film. It may be considered lost....
The Exile (1931)

The Exile (1931)

Director: Oscar Micheaux, Leonard Harper (dance and ensemble) Writer(s): Oscar Micheaux (novel, screenplay) Starring: Eunice Brooks, Stanley Morrell, Celeste Cole, Kathleen Noisette, Charles R. Moore, Nora Newsome, George Randol, A.B. DeComathiere, Carl Mahon, Lou...

Darktown Revue (1931)

Director: Oscar Micheaux, Leonard Harper (dances and ensembles) Writer(s): Oscar Micheaux Starring: Celeste Cole, Amon Davis, Donald Heywood, Sara Martin, Tim Moore, Andrew Tribble Synopsis: The film included choral singing and several vaudeville acts, including the...

Easy Street (1930)

Director: Oscar Micheaux Writer(s): Oscar Micheaux Starring: William A. Clayton Jr., Willor Lee Guilford, Richard B. Harrison, Alice B. Russell, Lorenzo Tucker Synopsis: Con artists try to trick an old man out of his life savings. Release Date: Aug 01, 1930 (USA) |...
A Daughter of the Congo (1930)

A Daughter of the Congo (1930)

Director: Oscar Micheaux Writer(s): Oscar Micheaux, Henry F. Downing (novel The American Cavalryman) Starring: Kathleen Noisette, Loretta Tucker, Salem Tutt Whitney, Willor Lee Guilford, Roland C. Irving, Joe Byrd, Wilhelmina Williams, Clarence Redd, Alice B. Russell,...

When Men Betray (1928)

Director: Oscar Micheaux Writer(s): Oscar Micheaux Starring: Kathleen Noisette, William A. Clayton Jr., Bessie Givens, Gertrude Snelson, Lorenzo Tucker, Ethel Smith, Alice B. Russell Synopsis: The film details the plight of a young woman who falls in love and marries...
The Wages of Sin (1928)

The Wages of Sin (1928)

Director: Oscar Micheaux Writer(s): Oscar Micheaux Starring: Lorenzo Tucker, William A. Clayton Jr., Kathleen Noisette, Rudolph Hind, Gertrude Snelson, Ethel Smith, Alice B. Russell, Ione McCarthy, Bessie Givens Synopsis: After his mother dies, African-American motion...

The Broken Violin (1927)

Director: Oscar Micheaux Writer(s): Oscar Micheaux (adaptation, play; short story “House of Mystery”) Starring: William A. Clayton Jr., Ardelle Dabney, Salem Tutt Whitney, J. Homer Tutt, Alice B. Russell, Ike Paul, Daisy Foster, Gertrude Snelson, Boots...

Thirty Years Later (1928)

Director: Oscar Micheaux Writer(s): Oscar Micheaux (adaptation), Henry Francis Downing (short story “The Tangle”) Starring: William Edmonson, A.B. DeComathiere, Ardelle Dabney, Gertrude Snelson, Mabel Kelly, Madame Robinson Synopsis: George Eldridge Van...

The Millionaire (1927)

Director: Oscar Micheaux Writer(s): Oscar Micheaux Starring: Grace Smith, Laurence Criner, Lionel Monagas, Cleo Desmond, William Edmondson, Vera Bracker, S.T. Jacks, E.G. Tatum, Robert S. Abbott Synopsis:  Pelham Guitry, a black soldier of fortune, goes to Argentina,...

The Spider’s Web (1927)

Director: Oscar Micheaux Writer(s): Oscar Micheaux (adaptation) Starring: Evelyn Preer, Lorenzo McClane, Edward Thompson, Henrietta Loveless, Billy Gulfport, Marshall Rogers, Grace Smythe, Zodie Jackson, Cy Williams, Josiah Diggs, Cincinnatus Major, Edna Barr,...

The Conjure Woman (1926)

Director: Oscar Micheaux Writer(s): Charles W. Chesnutt (novel “The Conjure Woman”), Oscar Micheaux (adaptation) Starring: Evelyn Preer, Lawrence Chenault, Percy Verwayen, Alma Sewell, Sidney Easton Synopsis: Adapted from Charles Chestnutt’s book...
Body and Soul (1925)

Body and Soul (1925)

Director: Oscar Micheaux Writer(s): Oscar Micheaux Starring: Paul Robeson, Marshall Rogers, Lawrence Chenault, Chester A. Alexander, Walter Conick, Lillian Johnson, Madame Robinson, Julia Theresa Russell, Tom Fletcher, Mercedes Gilbert Synopsis: An escaped prisoner...

The Devil’s Disciple (1926)

Director: Oscar Micheaux Writer(s): Oscar Micheaux Starring: Evelyn Preer, Lawrence Chenault, Edward Thompson, Percy Verwayen Synopsis: In Harlem, a beautiful, vain African-American girl falls in love with a degenerate man. She is not able to reform him and is herself...

Marcus Garland (1925)

Director: Oscar Micheaux Writer(s): Oscar Micheaux Starring: Salem Tutt Whitney, Amy Birdsong Synopsis: The film offers a harsh parody on the rise and fall of Marcus Garvey, the Black nationalist and pan-Africanist leader. Release Date: 1925 (USA) | Length: Unknown |...

The House Behind the Cedars (1924)

Director: Oscar Micheaux Writer(s): Charles W. Chesnutt (novel), Oscar Micheaux (adaptation) Starring: Shingzie Howard, Andrew Bishop, Lawrence Chenault, Alma Sewell, Douglass Griffin, William Crowell, Oliver Hill Synopsis: Rena, a beautiful mulatto woman, who passes...

A Son of Satan (1924)

Director: Oscar Micheaux Writer(s): Oscar Micheaux Starring: Andrew Bishop, Lawrence Chenault, Shingzie Howard, Edna Morton, Emmet Anthony, Monte Hawley, Ida Anderson, E. G. Tatum, Dink Stewart, W. B. F. Crowell, Olivia Sewall, Mildred Smallwood, Blanche Thompson,...
Birthright (1924)

Birthright (1924)

Director: Oscar Micheaux Writer(s): Thomas Sigismund Stribling (novel), Oscar Micheaux Starring: J. Homer Tutt, Evelyn Preer, Salem Tutt Whitney, Lawrence Chenault, William Crowell, Alec Lovejoy, Ethel Moses, Carman Newsome Synopsis: A young black Harvard graduate...

The Virgin of Seminole (1923)

Director: Oscar Micheaux Writer(s): Oscar Micheaux Starring: Louise Borden, William Fountaine, Shingzie Howard Synopsis: The film focused on a young black man who joins the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and becomes a hero by rescuing a captive mixed-race woman from a...

Deceit (1923)

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,...
The Dungeon (1922)

The Dungeon (1922)

Director: Oscar Micheaux Writer(s): Oscar Micheaux Starring: William Fountaine, Shingzie Howard, J. Kenneth Goodman, William Crowell, Earle Browne Cook, Blanche Thompson, Alma Sewell Synopsis: Myrtle Downing, a beautiful young lady, is engaged to Stephen Cameron, a...

Uncle Jasper’s Will (1922)

Director: Oscar Micheaux Writer(s): Oscar Micheaux Starring: William Fountaine, Shingzie Howard Synopsis: The film is a drama about the contents of a last will and testament left behind by an African American sharecropper who was lynched after being falsely accused of...

The Hypocrite (1921)

Director: Oscar Micheaux Writer(s): Unknown Starring: Unknown Synopsis: Unknown Release Date: Jun 1, 1921 (USA) | Length: Unknown | Genre: Unknown | MPAA Rating: Unknown *I can find no information about this film other than what I have list. It may be...
The Symbol of the Unconquered (1920)

The Symbol of the Unconquered (1920)

Director: Oscar Micheaux Writer(s): Oscar Micheaux Starring: Iris Hall, Walker Thompson, Lawrence Chenault, Mattie Wilkes, Louis Dean, Leigh Whipper, Jim Burris, E.G. Tatum, James Burrough, George Catlin Synopsis: Racists learn that the land a negro owns lies over a...
The Brute (1920)

The Brute (1920)

Director: Oscar Micheaux Writer(s): Oscar Micheaux Starring: Evelyn Preer, A.B. DeComathiere, Sam Langford, Susie Sutton, Lawrence Chenault, Laura Bowman, Mattie Edwards, Alice Gorgas, Virgil Williams, Marty Cutler, Flo Clements, Lewis Schooler, Harry Plater, E.G....
Within Our Gates (1920)

Within Our Gates (1920)

Director: Oscar Micheaux Writer(s): Oscar Micheaux Starring: Evelyn Preer, Flo Clements, James D. Ruffin, Jack Chenault, William Smith, Charles D. Lucas, Bernice Ladd, Mrs. Evelyn, William Stark, Mattie Edwards, Ralph Johnson, E.G. Tatum, Grant Edwards, Grant Gorman,...
The Homesteader (1919)

The Homesteader (1919)

Director: Oscar Micheaux Writer(s): Oscar Micheaux (novel) Starring: Charles D. Lucas, Evelyn Preer, Iris Hall, Inez Smith, Vernon S. Duncan, Charles R. Moore, Trevy Woods, William George Synopsis: Jean Baptists, a homesteader far off in the Dakotas is living where he...

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