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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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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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Great Tale
20 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Made in the good ole bygone days when black people had their own movies!

Such a lovely uplifting tale that you'd never see today.

This was made at a time when black movies featured life lessons and role models.

Sadly, they are all gone in favor of exploitation.

The Plot

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.


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