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Veiled Aristocrats (1932)

John Walden, left home 20 years earlier and has been "passing" as white in a town where no one knew of his background. He returns home to take his now grown sister back with him so she too ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Lucille Lewis ...
Rena Walden
Walter Fleming ...
John Walden
Laura Bowman ...
Molly Walden
Lawrence Chenault ...
Judge Straight
Lorenzo Tucker ...
John Warwick
Carl Mahon ...
Frank Fowler
Barrington Guy ...
George Tryon
Willor Lee Guilford ...
Miss Waring
Bernardine Mason ...
Aurora Edwards ...
Mabel Garrett ...
Arnold Wiley ...
A.B. DeComathiere
Kathleen Noisette ...
(as Katherine Noisette)
Donald Heywood


John Walden, left home 20 years earlier and has been "passing" as white in a town where no one knew of his background. He returns home to take his now grown sister back with him so she too can live a life as a white woman. He even goes so far as to find her a suitable white man to marry. Unfortunately, she can not get over the young black man she left back home. Written by A. Nonymous

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February 1932 (USA)  »

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A trailer and fragments from two reels survive in the Library of Congress. The rest is believed lost. Update: A 48-minute print has been located and preserved. It was released on DVD as part of the set "Pioneers of African-American Cinema" by Kino-Lorber in July 2016, and telecast on Turner Classic Movies on July 24, 2016. See more »


In the next to last shot of the film, after the characters get into the car, the director can be heard saying "Cut!". See more »


John Walden: Oh, my dear fellow. After all your experience with the opposite sex, you stand there and talk like a chump.
George Tryon: Why? What do you mean?
John Walden: Just what I say. You not only talk like one, but, you act like one. Can't you understand that Rena has never had a beau? That your passion... frighten her? What did you expect a modest, obedient and retiring girl like her to do?
George Tryon: I am a chump! And a fool!
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Featured in American Experience: Midnight Ramble (1994) See more »


Dragging My Heart Around
Composed by Hill
Sung by Mabel Garrett
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Horrible Black movie.
25 July 2016 | by (WV) – See all my reviews

I'll make this short: I've seen better actors in high school plays. They were embarrassingly bad in every way. I know that back in the day, the directors wanted the actors to face the camera a bit, but this entire movie had them facing the camera instead of each other. Just a bad all around movie. And that one line spoken by the maid... how did it go? "Once you love a Spade, you'll never go back"? Really bad dialog. I don't understand who would produce (pay for) a movie like this because everyone knows that only Black people went to see these movies, and all this would do is upset the Black community. Anyway, I know there were good Black actors in those days and why he didn't use them is beyond me. Don't waste your time with this one. There are plenty of good Black movies out there.

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