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The Devil's Daughter (1939)

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Sylvia Walton returns from Harlem to take over a Jamaican plantation from her vindictive half-sister, amid the growing sound of drums.

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Isabelle Walton
Jack Carter ...
Philip Ramsay
Ida James ...
Sylvia Walton
Hamtree Harrington ...
Percy Jackson
Willa Mae Lang ...
Elvira
Emmett 'Babe' Wallace ...
John Lowden (as Emmett Wallace)
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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 Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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7 December 1939 (USA)  »

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Daughter of the Isle of Jamaica  »

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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 »

Goofs

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 »

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One of the worst films I have ever seen.
8 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Cheap, low-budget all-black film about a woman returning to Jamaica to take control of her late father's plantation. Her half-sister plots against her in order to reclaim what she feels is rightfully hers.

I got this film in Mill Creek's 250 movie Horror Collection, but this really is not a horror film at all. There are some hints of the supernatural and voodoo, but this is mostly just a boring drama with a little comedy thrown in for good measure. There is only one white actor in the movie, as this film was targeted toward the black movie going population upon its release. One of the comedic characters is in particular offensive, being of the wide-eyed, scared of his own shadow type of black stereotype.

The acting in this film is down right horrible. The plot is dull and uninteresting and the film moves at a snails pace. It may only be 52 minutes long, but it goes on for an eternity. Even with the worst of films, I can usually find one good quality thing to say about it. This is one of the rare cases that I can not. Not even a so-bad-its-good type of film, you should avoid this borefest at all costs.


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