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The Blood of Jesus (1941)

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

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Complete credited cast:
Cathryn Caviness ...
Spencer Williams ...
Razz Jackson
Juanita Riley ...
Sister Jenkins
Reather Hardeman ...
Sister Ellerby
Rogenia Goldthwaite ...
The Angel
James B. Jones ...
Satan (as Jas. B. Jones)
Frank H. McClennan ...
Judas Green
Eddie DeBase ...
Rufus Brown (as Eddie De Base)
Alva Fuller ...
Luke Williams
R.L. Robertson ...
Himself (as Rev. R.L. Robertson)
The Heavenly Choir ...
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In the rural south of the United States, a godly young woman is accidently wounded by her unchurched husband. She succumbs to the injuries, whereupon a good angel bids her to journey with him to the Crossroads of Life. Before she can travel far, the devil lures her with the temptations of juke joints and the city. Can she regain the straight and narrow before it's too late? And what is to become of those she left behind? Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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A Mighty Epic Of Modern Morals!

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The film was so successful that Spencer Williams was offered a ten-year contract to produce eight more films with his company. See more »

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On Jordan's Stormy Banks I Stand
Music by M. Durham
Lyrics by Samuel Stennet
Sung in background during a baptism
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Rare and vintage music alone makes this film top notch!
10 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Of course this is very different than watching big budget films of the past 50-plus years. This was an all-black production which, as of this year, was released 72 years ago. (From what I know of film editing, it could well have been filmed 75 years ago.) A great piece of history with great music and very sweet story.

The story begins pretty much at the point where an attractive young woman is going down to the river along with a congregation of Christians to be baptized. We learn a little bit about her from a couple members of the congregation gossiping with one another, talking about how her husband of 3 years (or 3 months -- can't remember) went hunting rather than coming to attend her baptism.

We soon learn too, after the newly baptized woman returns home, that her husband is also a poacher (if that is the right word). The woman makes an appeal to her husband to "get religion," explaining that it will make them much happier.

Then it starts getting interesting...

Two thumbs up!!! One more note about the music and singing: Fantastic! Reminds me of the kind of 78 rpm records many collectors love to listen to, needle scratches and all. You just can't get this kind of music today (generally). This is a film I am bound to want to watch again and again just to hear the music and singing. I also believe and know from my own experience that the Blood of Jesus is indeed a powerful ally in this world currently still under the administration of the Adversary -- so I love the message too, even if it does serve a lot of "corn" with some serious gospel.


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