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Within Our Gates (1920)

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Abandoned by her fiancé, an educated negro woman with a shocking past dedicates herself to helping a near bankrupt school for impoverished negro youths.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Evelyn Preer ...
Sylvia Landry
Flo Clements ...
Alma Prichard
James D. Ruffin ...
Conrad Drebert - Sylvia's Fiancé
Jack Chenault ...
Larry Prichard - Alma's Stepbrother
William Smith ...
Philip Gentry - A Detective
Charles D. Lucas ...
Dr. V. Vivian
Bernice Ladd ...
Mrs. Geraldine Stratton
Mrs. Evelyn ...
Mrs. Elena Warwick
William Stark ...
Jasper Landry
Mattie Edwards ...
Jasper's Wife
Ralph Johnson ...
Philip Gridlestone
E.G. Tatum ...
Efram - Gridlestone's Servant
Grant Edwards ...
Emil Landry
Grant Gorman ...
Armand Gridlestone
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Leigh Whipper
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Southern negro Sylvia Landry visits her cousin Alma in the north, where there is less racial prejudice than in her home town of Piney Woods in the deep south, and is anxiously awaiting her fiancé, Conrad. But Alma has designs on Conrad and tricks Sylvia into a compromising situation when he arrives, and he abandons her. Disheartened, she returns to Piney Woods to help a reverend running a school for young negroes. Sylvia learns that the reverend hasn't the heart to turn away poor students, and unless he can raise $5,000 to supplement the $1.49 per child per year that the state supplies, the school will be closed. She goes up north again to try to raise the money and has little success, but meets kindly negro, Dr. V. Vivian, who helps her regain her stolen purse. When she saves a child from being hit by an auto, she herself is slightly injured. But the owner of the car is philanthropist Mrs. Elena Warwick, who is sympathetic to her quest and promises to donate the $5,000 to the school.... Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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Originally seven or eight reels in length, this film was re-cut to six reels and reissued about six months after its first run. See more »

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Old Ned: [Old Ned visits his white friends] Y'all knows what I always preach. This is a land for the white man and black folk got ta know their place. Let the white man go to Hell with his politics, wealth, and sins. Give me Jesus! Leave it to me, gen'men, I always preach that the vices and sins of the white folk will end them up in Hell. When the Judgement Day comes, more Negroes than whites will rise up to Heaven. Yessir, white folks is mighty fine!
[he leaves the room]
Old Ned: [now outside, speaking to himself]
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An early view of race relations
8 January 2002 | by (Toledo, Ohio) – See all my reviews

This is the earliest surviving movie made by a African-American director. The acting is poor and the story meanders. However it does tell a story about race in the early 1900's. Even then it was recognized that education was the key for blacks to move ahead. However, getting the funds for schools was a different story. The movie has rape and a lynching. There is a black minister who preaches that whites and blacks are not equal and cannot get together (though he doesn't believe that himself). As a movie it leaves a lot to be desired. As a chance to see an early black film and a chance to see how some people (there are two white women who have very differing views) viewed race it is worth seeing once.


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