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Showing posts with label 1920s. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 1920s. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Birthright (1924) [Lost Film]


The Pittsburgh Courier
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Sat, Nov 15, 1924 · Page 11
The Atlanta Constitution
Atlanta, Georgia
Sun, Jul 27, 1924 · Page 28
The Atlanta Constitution
Atlanta, Georgia
Wed, Jul 30, 1924 · Page 14

The Pittsburgh Courier
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Sat, Nov 15, 1924 · Page 11
The Pittsburgh Courier
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Sat, Dec 13, 1924 · Page 10
Starring:
He was a graduate of Harvard and so far above her in all intellectual things until she decided that it was useless to try to come to him. She told him she was immoral, therefore unfit, so he went away from her. But she was ambitious, she wanted to be somebody, but the Negros told her she wasn't nothin' — just a "yallah, stuck-up, fly-by-night hussy" — and accused her of all kinds of things. She struggled, but how could a poor girl be anything in the face of such circumstances? Fate seemed to be against her; the more she tried to struggle up, the further she was pushed backed into the grime and squalor of Niggertown. Then she was arrested for grand larceny — but was she guilty? Or was it because she refused to deliver her virtue — her body — to the seducer? 
*** This film is considered lost until notified otherwise. ***

Friday, December 21, 2018

A Prince of His Race (1926) [Lost Film]

The Pittsburgh Courier
Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania
Sat, Jan 29, 1927 · Page 15
The Bee
Danville, Danville, Virginia
Mon, Feb 14, 1927 · Page 12
The Pittsburgh Courier
Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania
Sat, Oct 16, 1926 · Page 9
The Pittsburgh Courier
Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania
Sat, Oct 16, 1926 · Page 9
The New York Age
New York, New York, New York
Sat, Dec 04, 1926 · Page 6
The Pittsburgh Courier
Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania
Sat, Aug 28, 1926 · Page 9
The New York Age
New York, New York, New York
Sat, Aug 28, 1926 · Page 6
Starring:

Storyline
The story deals with a young man who is sent to prison on the evidence of one whom he thought was his friend. The hero is ostracized by the townfolk after his release from prison. This forces him to leave town and incidentally leads him towards success. The friend whom he went to prison to save proves false and bribes the father of the hero's sweetheart to persuade her to marry him. Having successfully intercepted all of the letters of the missing lover, he feels all is going according to plan, and proceeds to plan the wedding. The bride is all ready, and the bridesmaids are in waiting, the preacher arrives — what happens next is the climax of the picture.

*** This film is considered lost until notified otherwise. ***

Thursday, December 20, 2018

A Giant of His Race (1921) [Lost Film]

Vicksburg Evening Post
Vicksburg, Warren, Mississippi
Sat, Dec 24, 1921 · Page 5

Daily Press
Newport News, Newport News, Virginia, United States of America
Sun, Dec 11, 1921 · Page 16

Winston-Salem Journal
Winston-Salem, Forsyth, North Carolina
Sun, Aug 28, 1921 · Page 18
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Storyline
The story tells of Munga who, although a slave in a new world, never renounces his faith and finally dies at a ripe old age, leaving behind the son who had been thought with him from Africa, now a young man. Under the name of Convington, he works his way through college, studies medicine, and after graduating, decides to devote his life to the uplifting of his people. The Yellow Plague breaks out and kills members of his race by the score. The doctor spends days researching for a cure, and finally fortune favors him. A young woman of his race is used in an experiment and is cured. Convington is awarded $100,000 for his discover. The friendship of the young woman and the doctor has now ripened into love and they marry.

*** This film is considered lost until notified otherwise. ***

Saturday, December 15, 2018

The Spider's Web (1927) [Lost Film]

The New York Age
New York, New York, New York
Sat, Jan 08, 1927 · Page 6

The Pittsburgh Courier
Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania
Sat, Nov 06, 1926 · Page 6

The Evening Journal
Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware
Wed, Mar 02, 1927 · Page 11

The New York Age
New York, New York, New York
Sat, Jan 08, 1927 · Page 6

The New York Age
New York, New York, New York
Sat, Jan 08, 1927 · Page 6

 The Pittsburgh Courier
Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania
Sat, Jan 15, 1927 · Page 9

Starring:

Storyline
Mary Austin, a widow dwelling in a small Southern delta town, is visited by her neice, Norma of New York. At the depot Norma meets and makes a date with Ballinger for later that night. Meanwhile, Elmer Harris, a detective with the U.S. Secret Service, has come from Chicago looking for a criminal. When Harris comes to Mary's house that night, he recognizes Ballinger as the man he's seeking. Ballinger's associates force Norma and Mary to return. Despondent, Mary takes up gambling; when she hits big and tries to collect her money she is framed for murder. Harris and Norma unravel the mystery and find the persons who committed the crime which leads to Mary's release from prison. 

*** This film is considered lost until notified otherwise. ***

Broken Violin (1927) [Lost Film]

The Pittsburgh Courier
Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania
Sat, Sep 15, 1928 · Page 14
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Storyline
Lelia Cooper, a young washwoman with a proficiency for the violin, is unfortunately involved with an abusive father. In an argument with her mother, the father smashes Lelia's violin over her mom's head. Her younger brother tries to come to the mother's rescue, but one thing leads to another and the film culminates in a chase resulting in the father being hit by a truck.

*** This film is considered lost until notified otherwise. ***

Deceit (1923) [Lost Film]

The Topeka Plaindealer
Topeka, Kansas, United States of America
Fri, Sep 26, 1924 · Page 

The Pittsburgh Courier
Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania
Sat, Jul 02, 1927 · Page 15

The Pittsburgh Courier
Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania
Sat, Jun 14, 1924 · Page 10

The Pittsburgh Courier
Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania
Sat, Oct 31, 1925 · Page 11

The Pittsburgh Courier
Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania
Sat, Oct 31, 1925 · Page 11
Starring:

Storyline
Based on the novel "Behind the Hills" by Charles Chestnut. Alfred Dubois organizes a film production corporation and produces its first picture, "The Hypocrite." On reaching the censor board for their approval, he finds his arch enemy, Rev. Bently, on the board. Rev. Bently succeeds in getting the film rejected. Alfred finally succeeds in having the case appealed and selecting an unbiased board to review the film.

*** This film is considered lost until notified otherwise. ***

The Conjure Woman (1926) [Lost Film]

The Pittsburgh Courier
Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania
Sat, Jul 24, 1926 · Page 9

Daily Press
Newport News, Newport News, Virginia, United States of America
Sun, Aug 15, 1926 · Page 20

Daily Press
Newport News, Newport News, Virginia, United States of America
Sat, Aug 21, 1926 · Page 6

The Pittsburgh Courier
Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania
Sat, May 21, 1927 · Page 2
Starring:

Storyline
Screenplay adapted from Charles Chestnutt's novel by the same title.

*** This film is considered lost until notified otherwise. ***

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The Virgin of Seminole (1923) [Lost Film]

The New York Age
New York, New York, New York
Sat, Mar 24, 1923 · Page 6

The New York Age
New York, New York, New York
Sat, Mar 24, 1923 · Page 6

The New York Age
New York, New York, New York
Sat, Mar 31, 1923 · Page 6

The New York Age
New York, New York, New York
Sat, Mar 31, 1923 · Page 6

The New York Age
New York, New York, New York
Sat, Mar 31, 1923 · Page 6

Vicksburg Evening Post
Vicksburg, Warren, Mississippi
Sat, Jan 27, 1923 · Page 7

Vicksburg Evening Post
Vicksburg, Warren, Mississippi
Thu, Feb 22, 1923 · Page 4
Starring:
Storyline
This film tells of the adventure of a young man who goes in the Canadian wilds and through his manly character is made a member of the famous Canadian mounted police. Through his clever work as an officer and by the fame he gains through a gun fight with a desperado he wins a large financial reward. He buys a ranch and becomes a successful ranchero.

*** This film is considered lost until notified otherwise. ***

The House Behind the Cedars (1927) [Lost Film]

The Pittsburgh Courier
Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania
Sat, Apr 04, 1925 · Page 4

The Pittsburgh Courier
Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania
Sat, Dec 19, 1925 · Page 9

The Evening Journal
Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware
Wed, Mar 25, 1925 · Page 12
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Storyline
Rena ( Shingzie Howard ), a beautiful mulatto woman, who passes as white, receives a proposal from an aristocratic white millionaire who has fallen in love with her. Rena accepts without revealing the secret of her racial background. Unhappy, Rena returns to her former lover, Frank Fowler, a black man, who has risen to power despite his color. She tells him that although she has fooled the public, she has not fooled herself.

*** This film is considered lost until notified otherwise. ***

Friday, March 2, 2018

The Millionaire (1927) [Lost Film]


Starring:

Storyline
"The Millionaire" deals with the adventures of Pelham Gustry, a Negro Soldier of Fortune; a mans who, as a youth, possessed great initiative and a definite objective, hies himself far from the haunts of his race—thousands of miles away to South America. There, upon the wild, billowy plains of The Argentine, he becomes a sort of "Wild Bull Of The Pampas." Fifteen years fly by—and, having amassed a huge fortune, he returns to America, his heart anxious and hungry for that most infinite of all things—women! In New York, he meets Celia Wellington, the siren—but unworthy creature; the concubine of the "Lizard," most notorious underworld character in all New York, who, in league with Brock, king of the underworld, seek to inveigle him into marriage with the vampire. What follows makes up the story on chock full of action, thrills, romance and intrigue until it will keep you grasping the seat and catching your breath in a never ending stem of excitement and interest. 

**This film is considered lost until notified otherwise**

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The Lure of a Woman (1921) [Lost Film]

Starring:
Storyline
According to an information in the George P. Johnson Collection at the UCLA Special Collections Library, this was the first release of The Afro-American Film Exhibitors Co. of Kansas City, Missouri. An ad called the film "The first Negro production ever made in Kansas City" and stated, "All the cast in this production are Kansas City Negroes. All the scenes were taken about the city." Charles H. Allen, the male lead, was the general manager and treasurer of the company. They planned a series of eight films that would be released in Central and South America, as well as in the U.S., and boasted of a distribution policy "that will enable it to overcome some of the difficulties usual to colored pictures." Their second release was to be called The Human Devil . No additional information concerning the company has been located.  -American Film Institute

**This film is considered lost until notified otherwise**

A Son of Satan (1924) [Lost Film]



The Pittsburgh Courier
Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania
Sat, Apr 07, 1923 · Page 12

Starring:
Storyline
Also known as "The Ghost of Tolston's Manor." The story revolves around the experiences of a man going to a haunted house and staying all night because of a bet.
**This film is considered lost until notified otherwise**