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Richard Schayer (treatment)
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Release Date:
20 August 1929 (USA) See more »
HEAR AND SEE 100 JUBILEE SINGERS! (original poster - all caps) See more »
In a juke joint, sharecropper Zeke falls for a beautiful dancer, Chick, but she's only setting him up for a rigged craps game... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Daniel L. Haynes ... Zeke

Nina Mae McKinney ... Chick
William Fountaine ... Hot Shot
Harry Gray ... Parson

Fanny Belle DeKnight ... Mammy
Everett McGarrity ... Spunk
Victoria Spivey ... Missy Rose
Milton Dickerson ... Johnson Kid
Robert Couch ... Johnson Kid
Walter Tait ... Johnson Kid
Dixie Jubilee Singers
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Matthew 'Stymie' Beard ... Child (uncredited)
Evelyn Pope Burwell ... Singer (uncredited)
Eddie Conners ... Singer (uncredited)
William Allen Garrison ... Heavy (uncredited)
Eva Jessye ... Singer (uncredited)
Sam McDaniel ... Adam (uncredited)
Blue Washington ... Church Member (uncredited)
Georgia Woodruff ... Singer (uncredited)

Directed by
King Vidor 
Writing credits
Wanda Tuchock (scenario)

Richard Schayer (treatment)

Ransom Rideout (dialogue)

King Vidor (story)

Marian Ainslee  titles (uncredited in sound version)

Produced by
King Vidor .... producer
Irving Thalberg .... producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Gordon Avil (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Hugh Wynn (film editor)
Anton Stevenson (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert A. Golden .... assistant director
Harold Garrison .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording engineer
Camera and Electrical Department
Ruth Harriet Louise .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Henrietta Frazer .... wardrobe
Music Department
Eva Jessye .... musical director (uncredited)
Other crew
Fred M. Wilcox .... assistant to director (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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109 min | USA:100 min (Turner library print) (re-edited version) (re-release) | Argentina:106 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Argentina:Atp | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)
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Did You Know?

Assistant director Harold Garrison reportedly recruited around 340 African American Los Angeles residents to participate in this film as extras.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Zeke is shown singing atop the train car, the audio of his singing does not match his lip movements, probably due to difficulties relating to dubbing in 1929 (the footage on the train was clearly shot silent, with singing and effects added in post-production).See more »
Parson:[First lines] Mammy, we're almost through with the pickin'.
Mammy:Yes sir! And we done put in a good season of work!
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Swanee ShuffleSee more »


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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Deeply moving, 6 February 2003
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

A gorgeous, all-black masterpiece. King Vidor directs a group of (mostly) non-actors to depict a picture of black life in the South. Daniel L. Haynes stars as Zeke, a none-too-smart cotton farmer who is tricked into wasting half a year's pay on gambling by a sexy little hoochie (Nina Mae McKinney). When Zeke gets in a fight with the man who cheated to win his money, tragedy strikes. In a fit of grief, he begins to belt out a gospel song and the people around him think he should become a priest. Not only is this a great gospel musical, it's a great religious drama, one where the emotions of faith seem deeply felt and real. Vidor's direction is as good as it ever was. When a lot of the films of 1929 were clunky and static, this one has a beautiful visual and aural flow with only a couple of small stumbles along the way.

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