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Within Our Gates -- 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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12 January 1920 (USA) See more »
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Abandoned by her fiancé, an educated black woman with a shocking past dedicates herself to helping a near bankrupt school for impoverished black youths. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leigh Whipper
Jimmie Cook ... (uncredited)
S.T. Jacks ... Reverend Wilson Jacobs (uncredited)

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Oscar Micheaux 
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Oscar Micheaux .... producer
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Philip Carli .... musician: piano score composed and performed by
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Oscar Micheaux .... presents
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79 min
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Oscar Micheaux's earliest surviving directorial effort.See more »
Efram - Gridlestone's Servant:T'ain' no doubt 'bout it - da whi' fo'ks loves me.See more »
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12 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
An early view of race relations, 8 January 2002
Author: Craig Smith ( from Toledo, Ohio

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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