6 user 3 critic

The Girl from Chicago (1932)

| Crime, Drama | 1932 (USA)
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 »



(story "Jeff Ballinger's Woman"), (adaptation)

Watch Now

With Prime Video

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A band of outlaws appear out of nowhere on a ranchers property and viciously shoot him down. They steal what they can from his ranch and kidnap his wife. They make for the Mexican border, but something starts stalking them.

Director: Rafael Portillo
Stars: Ramón Bugarini, Fernando Casanova, Julie Edwards
Union Pacific (1939)
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In 1862, Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads compete westward across the wilderness toward California.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea, Akim Tamiroff
Birthright (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A black Harvard graduate confronts racism.

Director: Oscar Micheaux
Stars: Carman Newsome, Ethel Moses, Alec Lovejoy
Adventure | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

When some men are attacked by Indians, a survivor obtains an Indian medicine arrow. An Indian tells Blade he has found gold but will not tell him where until he has that arrow. So Blade ... See full summary »

Director: Elmer Clifton
Stars: Rex Lease, Lona Andre, William Farnum
Certificate: M Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Sir Guy Grand, the richest man in the world, adopts a homeless boy, Youngman. Together, they set out to prove that anyone--and anything--can be bought with money.

Director: Joseph McGrath
Stars: Peter Sellers, Ringo Starr, Isabel Jeans
The Exile (1931)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A young man named Jean in post-World War I Chicago falls in love with a beautiful girl named Edith. He proposes to her, but realizes that she's involved in the rackets and won't leave them,... See full summary »

Directors: Leonard Harper, Oscar Micheaux
Stars: Eunice Brooks, Stanley Morrell, Celeste Cole
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

From the beginning, LA punk band the Circle Jerks were rooted in controversy. Formed by ex members of Black Flag and Red Cross (now Redd Kross) in late 1979, Filmmaker David Markey (1991: ... See full summary »

Director: David Markey
Stars: Greg Hetson, Lucky Lehrer, Keith Morris
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

In a small Scottish village, horribly murdered bodies keep turning up. Suspicion falls upon the residents of a nearby castle that is haunted by a curse involving a killer cat.

Director: Antonio Margheriti
Stars: Jane Birkin, Hiram Keller, Françoise Christophe
Drama | Musical | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

A movie producer offers a nightclub singer a role in his latest film, but all he really wants to do is bed her. She knows, but accepts anyway. Meanwhile, a patron at the club gets a note ... See full summary »

Director: Oscar Micheaux
Stars: Lawrence Chenault, A.B. DeComathiere, Laura Bowman
Hot Biskits (1931)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

The rivalry between two men is played out in a high-stakes game of mini-golf.

Director: Spencer Williams
Stars: Thurston Briggs, Spencer Williams
Eleven P.M. (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A surreal melodrama in which a poor violinist named Sundaisy (Maurice) tries to protect an orphan girl (Wand Maurice) from a small-time hoodlum.

Director: Richard Maurice
Stars: Richard Maurice, Sammie Fields, Orine Johnson
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

If you listen to jazz, you will go to Hell, where the scorching fires of torment are mighty and endless.

Director: James Gist


Credited cast:
Grace Smith ...
Carl Mahon ...
Alonzo White
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eunice Brooks ...
Mary Austin
Starr Calloway ...
Norma Shepard
Edwin Cary ...
Numbers collector
Minto Cato ...
Mary's sister
'Slick' Chester
Chick Evans
John Everett ...
Jeff Ballinger
Buddy Harris ...
(as Bud Harris)
Juano Hernandez ...
Alice B. Russell ...
Miss Warren
Cherokee Thornton ...
A Switch
Frank H. Wilson ...
Wade Washington (as Frank Wilson)


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 Mississippi and head to Harlem, but their troubles follow them: they become involved in the murder of a local crime boss there. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Crime | Drama





Release Date:

1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Garota de Chicago  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Film debut of Juano Hernandez. See more »


Featured in Black Shadows on the Silver Screen (1975) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Technically Quite Awful
13 February 2017 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

The Girl from Chicago (1932)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Secret Agent Alonzo White (Carl Mahon) finds himself in Mississippi where he meets a woman named Norma (Starr Calloway). The two hit it off but the only problem is that a local gangster is also after the woman. After some drama Alonzo and Norma run off to Harlem where more trouble waits for them.

Oscar Micheaux's THE GIRL FROM CHICAGO is a complete and utter failure. There's really no other way to look at it but you can certainly understand because, let's face it, the 30s just weren't a good time for race films. Most black filmmakers were working on extremely low budgets and more times than not they had to use non-actors for the roles. This here will explain why this film has some of the worst performances that you'll ever see and also some of the worst cinematography that you'll ever see.

There are many shots in the film where the actor's heads are cut off. The awful framing is something that I thought might have been an issue with the print I was viewing but I compared two different prints and it was like that on both. As I said, the performances are beyond bad and it's so bad at times that it almost feels like the actor is trying to ruin the film by making their performance so bad. Apparently Micheaux knew it as well as there are a couple times where you can actually hear him directing the cast members? Look around the twenty-two minute mark and you can hear him off camera directing. There's also another sequence where you can see him in a mirror directing.

As I said, THE GIRL FROM CHICAGO is technically very poorly made and the performances are awful. This here pretty much kills any chance for a good movie. The story itself is your typical mystery and it's not overly bad but there's just not much Micheaux could do.

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: