Perry to Play Micheaux

Perry to Play Micheaux

Cynthia Littleton | Variety HBO is developing a biopic of pioneering African-American filmmaker Oscar Micheaux that has Tyler Perry on board to star. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are shepherding the project for Sony Pictures TV through their Storyline Entertainment...
60+ Black Biopics Still In Limbo

60+ Black Biopics Still In Limbo

from Shadow and Act | Tambay Obenson Updating this list as I do once a year (I forgot to do it last year; so there was a lot to research and catch up on) to keep you all up-to-date on where each project stands going into the new year, including 18 new...
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...
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...
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...
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;...
He ‘Roots’ Out Grandad’s Past

He ‘Roots’ Out Grandad’s Past

By Neil Graves | New York Post It’s taken three years, dozens of phone calls and hundreds — maybe a thousand — pieces of documents, but Grant Harper Reid can now say he knows all there is to know about his granddad. Reid’s grandfather was...
Midnight Ramble (1994)

Midnight Ramble (1994)

Director: Pearl Bowser, Bestor Cram Writer(s): Clyde Taylor Starring: Toni Cade Bambara, Robert Hall, Elton Fax, Pearl Bowser, Carlton Moss, Frances E. Williams, Dorothy Delfs, Olive Delfs, Shingzie Howard, St. Clair Bourne, Herb Jeffries, Edna Mae Harris,...
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,...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
Phantom of Kenwood (1933)

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...
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...
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...
Black Magic (1932)

Black Magic (1932)

Director: Oscar Micheaux Writer(s): Oscar Micheaux Starring: Unknown Synopsis: Unknown. It is assumed that it was another night club review film. Release Date: 1932 (USA) | Length: Unknown | Genre: Drama | MPAA Rating: NR *Note: I found no other...
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....
The Darktown Revue (1931)

The 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...
Easy Street (1930)

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...
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,...
When Men Betray (1928)

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...
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,...
The Broken Violin (1927)

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...
Thirty Years Later (1928)

Thirty Years Later (1928)

Director: Oscar Micheaux Writer(s): Oscar Micheaux (adaptation), Henry F. Downing (short story “The Tangle”) Starring: William Edmonson, A.B. DeComathiere, Ardelle Dabney, Gertrude Snelson, Mabel Kelly, Madame Robinson Synopsis: George...
The Millionaire (1927)

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,...
The Spider’s Web (1927)

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,...
The Conjure Woman (1926)

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...
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...
The Devil’s Disciple (1926)

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...
Marcus Garland (1925)

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:...
The House Behind the Cedars (1924)

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...
A Son of Satan (1924)

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,...
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...
The Virgin of Seminole (1922)

The Virgin of Seminole (1922)

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...
Deceit (1923)

Deceit (1923)

Director: Oscar Micheaux Writer(s): Charles W. 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,...
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...
Uncle Jasper’s Will (1922)

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...
The Hypocrite (1921)

The Hypocrite (1921)

Director: Oscar Micheaux Writer(s): Unknown Starring: Unknown Synopsis: Unknown. Release Date: June 1921 (USA) | Length: 7 (reels) | Genre: Drama | MPAA Rating: NR Note: This movie was shown within another Micheaux film “Deceit” as 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...
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,...
The Homesteader (1919)

The Homesteader (1919)

Director: Oscar Micheaux, Jeremy Mills 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...

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