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Go Down, Death! (1944)

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The owner of a juke joint arranges to frame an innocent preacher with a scandalous photograph, but his scheme backfires when his own adoptive mother interferes.

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Credited cast:
Myra D. Hemmings
Samuel H. James ...
Jasper - The Preacher
Eddye L. Houston
Spencer Williams ...
Big Jim Bottoms
Amos Droughan
Walter McMillion
Irene Campbell
Charlie Washington
Helen Butler
Dolly Jones
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Jimmie Green
The Heavenly Choir
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A bar owner attempts to discredit the new preacher with whom he is feuding by framing him with a photograph showing him drinking with women with bad reputations. The bar owner's adoptive mother, a member of the minister's church, supports the preacher and gets the photographic prints. When the bar owner struggles with his mother for the prints, he accidentally kills her. After the preacher's funeral sermon, the bar owner's conscience drives him to his death. Written by Gary Imhoff, gary@dcwatch.com

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Saturday Sinners and Sunday Saints Clash in the Battle of Good Against Evil! See more »

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Crudely done movie has a couple interesting points
3 February 2004 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

Like Spencer Williams's other religious films, this is crudely filmed on a shoestring budget. There are two most interesting elements, however. First, Spencer Williams portrays a serious villain, which is rare; he usually stuck to comic roles. Second, the minister's funeral sermon, which is intended to be the dramatic highlight, is based on the poem "Go Down Death" by James Weldon Johnson.


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