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Monday, October 3, 2016

The Bull-Dogger (1921) [Lost Film, Fragments Survive]


Directed by Richard E. Norman. "A virile story of the golden west, featuring Bill Pickett, the Black hero of the Mexican bull ring, in death defying feats of courage and skill, such as wild horse racing, roping and tying wild steers. The picture also includes fancy and trick riding by Black cowboys and cowgirls and bull dogging and throwing with their teeth, the wildest steers on the Mexican border. This is the first feature picture of its kind, and proves conclusively that the Black cowboy is capable of doing anything the white cowboy does." - excerpt from the Exhibitor's Herald

Sunday, October 2, 2016

The Flaming Crisis (1924) [Lost Film]

The Pittsburgh Courier (Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania) 
5 Apr 1924, Sat · Page 14

Robert Mason, an aggressive newspaperman, exposes the methods of Martin Leither, labor leader & political power. As a result, Mason's engagement with Vivian Leither is broken. At the reception at the home of Dr. Walter McWalter, Leither is murdered. Mason is accused and convicted. After several years in prison, he escapes and makes his way into the cattle lands of the southwest where he meets Tex Miller, a daughter of the prairie. He incurs the hatred of Buck Conley, who is also the mysterious 'Night Terror', leader of an outlaw gang and Mason is soon involved in a series of thrilling adventures. After overcoming his enemies, he realized that he is an escaped convict. Then something big and entirely unexpected happens, which brings happiness to the lovers. 

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

The Crimson Skull (1922) [Lost Film]

Directed by Richard E. Norman. Filmed on location in the all-black town of Boley, Oklahoma. The peace-loving, all-black city of Boley, Oklahoma, is invaded by "The Skull" and his "Terrors." They have sown mortal fear into the townsfolk and have the sheriff in their power. "The Law and Order League" forces the sheriff's resignation and offers $1,000 reward for the capture of the gang. Lem Nelson is persuaded to take the sheriff's job. Bob, Lem's ranch foreman, volunteers to join the gang with hopes of capturing them. Bob aids some of the hostages of the gang and is accused by the gang of being a traitor. Uncertain of his guilt, he is tried by the test of "The Crimson Skull." One drop of blood decides his fate, if shall live or die.

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


Information (
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.