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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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Complete credited cast:
Harry Henderson ...
Alvin Hillyard
Norman Johnstone ...
Eddie Blake
Ann Kennedy ...
Lucretia Green
Lucia Lynn Moses ...
Louise Howard
William E. Pettus ...
'Spike' Howard
Lawrence Chenault ...
Ralph Hathaway
Pearl McCormack ...
Alice Hathaway
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Charles Gilpin
Shingzie Howard
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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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Good if somewhat overly melodramatic
3 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An all black silent film made exclusively for black audiences in the 1920s (back then theatres were segregated). Poor but beautiful Louise Howard (Lucia Lynn Moses) is beaten by her stepfather (William E Pettus) but dreams of a better life. She meets good honest Alvin Hillyard (Harry Henderson) and he falls in love with her. But her stepfather and evil Eddie Blake (Norman Johnson) aren't going to let her go without a fight.

Interesting from a historical standpoint and not too bad as a drama either. It does get overly melodramatic with a lot of eye-rolling speeches and gets more than a little ridiculous during it's last half hour but I was never bored. The acting is actually pretty good and it moves quickly. Also the cards telling us what's going on have some interesting designs. When Blake is introduced there's a wolf shown on the title card! So, a pretty good movie. Also interesting to see how blacks were shown and treated back then. A 7.


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