Sylvia Walton of Harlem inherits a Jamaican banana plantation and returns to manage it. Since her arrival, there's been no sign of her disinherited half-sister Isabelle, who ran the plantation until their father's death. But Sylvia, her two rival suitors, and her comic- relief servant Percy are disturbed by the constant, growing sound of drums. Meanwhile, in hiding, Isabelle schemes to regain her former place by manipulating local 'obeah' superstition. All-black cast. Written by
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Like the other releases from Sack Amusement, this film featured an "all colored cast" and was booked into theaters that catered almost exclusively to black audiences. See more »
When Isabelle Walton (Nina Mae McKinney) tells Percy Jackson (Hamtree Harrington) that she is transferring his soul to a pig, she refers to the pig as "he" - but she's holding the pig upside down and its nipples are clearly visible, showing that the pig is female. See more »
I'm very curious about the early cinema featuring actors of color. This one doesn't have much to say. It's about a phony voodoo ritual in Jamaica. There's a plot by a woman to prevent her sister from taking property left to her when her father died. Nothing much happens and the plot is about as dull as can be. There are some stereotypes around, the silly, crap shooting black man who speaks in that dialect we find so offensive today. I guess if there is a positive about this film is that, given a chance, black directors and black actors of this time were as capable of making a clinker as a masterpiece. Obviously, as a period curiosity, this is worth a look, but if you put aside that perspective, it's not really much. The events that occur are so uninteresting and so harmless that most of the punch disappears. I bet some of these people were fine actors, but this doesn't let them show their stuff.
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