Down 27,083 this week

The Black King (1932)

 |  Comedy, Drama, Music  |  9 July 1932 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.9/10 from 19 users  
Reviews: 1 user

An unscrupulous minister starts a 'back to Africa' movement.


(as 'Bud' Pollard)


(story), (dialogue)
0Check in

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video


10 Best Back-to-School TV Shows

Dust off your varsity jacket and get excited for fall with our list of the 10 best back-to-school TV shows.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 111 titles
created 01 Apr 2012
a list of 97 titles
created 10 Jan 2013
a list of 32 titles
created 21 Feb 2014
a list of 676 titles
created 22 Apr 2014
a list of 167 titles
created 9 months ago

Related Items

Search for "The Black King" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Black King (1932)

The Black King (1932) on IMDb 4.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Black King.

User Polls



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Biography | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The story of the rise of boxer Joe Thomas, which paralleled the life of Joe Louis.

Director: Harry L. Fraser
Stars: Joe Louis, Clarence Muse, Edna Mae Harris
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

An undercover government agent on a case in Mississipi meets and falls in love with a beautiful young woman who's being menaced by a local crime boss. He rescues the girl, and they leave ... See full summary »

Director: Oscar Micheaux
Stars: Grace Smith, Carl Mahon, Eunice Brooks
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

An atheist accidentally shoots his Baptist wife. She dies and goes to a crossroads, where the devil tries to lead her astray.

Director: Spencer Williams
Stars: Cathryn Caviness, Spencer Williams, Juanita Riley
Juke Joint (1947)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Two insolvent con men get involved in a small town beauty contest.

Director: Spencer Williams
Stars: Spencer Williams, July Jones, Inez Newell
Action | Adventure | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Bob Blake and his boys arrive at Joe Jackson's ranch to find him missing. While Slim cheats Dusty out of his money using ventriloquism and marked cards, Blake tries to find Jackson. ... See full summary »

Director: Richard C. Kahn
Stars: Herb Jeffries, Lucius Brooks, Artie Young
Beware (1946)
Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Ware College is a small Black college in Ware, Ohio. Once prominent, it is now low in attendance, low in enrollment and low on money; and at a meeting with instructors Drury and Annabelle ... See full summary »

Director: Bud Pollard
Stars: Louis Jordan, Frank L. Wilson, Emory Richardson


Cast overview:
A.B. DeComathiere ...
Deacon Charcoal Johnson (as A.B. Comethiere)
Vivianne Baber ...
Mary Lou Lawton
Knolly Mitchell ...
Dan Michaels ...
Brother Longtree
Mike Jackson ...
Brother Lawton
Mary Jane Watkins ...
Mrs. Bottoms
Harry Gray ...
Deacon Jones
Lorenzo Tucker ...
Carmichael, Attorney
Freeman Fairley ...
Mob Leader
Ismay Andrews ...
Mrs. Ashfoot
Trixie Smith ...
James Dunmore ...
Johnny Lee ...
Count of Zanzibar


Fiery preacher Charcoal Johnson, though no model of sanctity, gains control of a Mississippi Baptist church through personal magnetism; he uses this springboard to organize a 'Back to Africa' movement among his fellow afro-Americans, along the lines of evangelical religion. Weathering accusations of swindling, he emerges as the self-styled (future) Emperor of the United States of Africa. But his tin-plated pomp is threatened by greed, personalities, and practicalities... Written by Rod Crawford <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


A Riot of Fun


Comedy | Drama | Music





Release Date:

9 July 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Empire, Inc.  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
Written by Wallis Willis
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Fair movie. Vivienne Baber and A.B. Comathiere keeps you watching.
17 December 2004 | by (Michigan) – See all my reviews

The movie is fair. What kept my attention mostly was Vivienne Baber and her exotic attractiveness, sleek presence, and her pleasing, natural dramatic acting. She's classy and glamorous. She plays Mary Lou...caught between good and evil. She seems perfect for the screen, she never overacts but is moving without being over-dramatic, wish she could of did more movies in Black Cinema but she was a popular actress on stage appearing in many Broadway plays. Black Cinema needed more true actresses such as Vivienne Baker. A.B. Comethiere is perfect as Deacon Charcoal Jackson who is a hypocritical preacher but at the same time trying to influence his people to go back to Africa where they can have power and freedom. But ego and backstabbing comes back on him and ruins the faith the people had in him and his name. The character Charcoal is supposedly is a portrayal of Marcus Garvey. A.B is funny, he eats the screen up, when he's present he overshadows everyone with his dramatic and comedic abilities. A.B. was one of the early greats of theater and race films. The cast includes some of the more well-known black actors and actresses of theater and screen, A.B. Comathiere, Vivienne Baber, and The Black Valentino Lorenzo Tucker, one of the most handsome men in movies, as the cool, smooth attorney, because of these three the film is substantial and worth watching.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Black King (1932) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: