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Sunday, October 2, 2016

The Green-Eyed Monster (1919) [Lost Film]


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Richard Norman (Norman Film Manufacturing) made a number of silent feature films between 1915 and 1928. "The Green Eyed Monster," a film with an all African-American cast, was released in 1919. 

"The plot deals with the eternal triangle, two men in love with one girl, but the undercurrents bring in the interesting factor of two rival railroads and their fight for supremacy. Before the Government assumed chaperonage over the arteries of travel and transportation and when two roads ran on different routes to the same specific point, there was a rivalry between them as to which should carry the Government Fast mail. In order to ascertain the fastest of these, a race is run - and it was by winning this race that the hero also won the hands of his sweetheart. $10,000 worth of railroad equipment was used and an $80,000 train wreck is part of the story." -Herald Films

Norman produced a number of versions of his film "The Wrecker" (which he also called "The Green Eyed Monster" and "The Man at the Throttle") from 1916 to 1919, which had essentially the same plot as the 1919 version of "The Green Eyed Monster." Norman traveled across the Midwest and Florida to various towns, cast the local white citizens in starring roles, and filmed the same script over and over again. The townspeople were invited to view the movie at the local theater, which presumably enticed a large, paying audience to watch themselves, their friends and family up on the silver screen.