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The Scar of Shame (1927)

TV-PG | | Drama
An educated, upscale young black musician marries a woman from a lower socioeconomic class to get her out of the clutches of her stepfather, who beats and abuses her. However, once he "... See full summary »

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Alvin Hillyard
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Eddie Blake
Ann Kennedy ...
Lucretia Green
Lucia Lynn Moses ...
Louise Howard
William E. Pettus ...
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Lawrence Chenault ...
Ralph Hathaway
Pearl McCormack ...
Alice Hathaway
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An educated, upscale young black musician marries a woman from a lower socioeconomic class to get her out of the clutches of her stepfather, who beats and abuses her. However, once he "saves" her, he won't let his new wife meet his mother, as he knows she will be angry and disappointed with him for marrying someone "below his station". Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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While appearing in this film, Lucia Lynn Moses was commuting back and forth between the studio in Philadelphia and a chorus-line spot at the Cotton Club in New York City. See more »

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Minor race film
28 April 2004 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

If you've seen more than a handful of 'race films'--the somewhat pejorative term used to describe films made for the African American market until the 1950s--you know what to expect with The Scar of Shame. Though the film avoids religious references or imagery, it teaches moral lessons aimed at 'uplifting the race' and overcoming the adversities of birth and caste. The film suffers from awkward titling and the usual problems of African-American filmmaking of the period, not least of which is the over reliance on light skinned actors in the lead roles (darker skinned actors are, not surprisingly, relegated to roles as maids and bartenders). Having said that, The Scar of Shame does feature a few nifty angular shots by cinematographer Al Liguori, who probably wasn't black, and Harry Henderson is dignified and believable as the talented pianist led astray by bad guy Norman Johnstone.


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