The Broken Violin (1927)

Missing Trailer

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 Hope, Ethel Smith, W. Hill

Synopsis: Lelia Cooper, a beautiful African-American violin prodigy, is the daughter of a washerwoman and a drunkard. One day, after having lost his pay gambling, Lelia’s father arrives home intoxicated. When her mother refuses to give him the money he has demanded, he smashes his daughter’s violin over the hard-working woman’s head. Lelia’s younger brother intervenes and he, too, is severely beaten. When the boy, whose pay the father also tries to take, flees and the father chases him, the father is run over and killed by a speeding truck. Lelia eventually triumphs over her surroundings and finds love and success.

Release Date: August 25, 1928 (USA) | Length: 7 Reels | Genre: Drama | Certificate: NR

I can’t find any other information about this film. It may be lost.