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Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis Dean ...
Harry Dumont ...
Crown Prince
Carter B. Harkness ...
Doris Doscher ...
Charles Graham ...
Ben Hendricks Sr. ...
Fritz Schmidt (as Ben Hendricks)
Alice Gale ...
John Reinhardt ...
Oscar Schmidt
Gertrude Braun ...
Louisa Schmidt
Stephen Grattan ...
Pat O'Brien
Mary Carr ...
Mrs. O'Brien (as Mary K. Carr)
Jane Grey ...
Jane O'Brien
Edward Elkas ...
Herr Von H.
Anna Lehr
Philip Van Loan


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The Greatest and Most Daring of Photoplays ... The Story of Sin ... A Master Picture Conceived in the Spirit of Truth and Dedicated to All of the Races of the World.







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1 December 1918 (USA)  »

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Lincoln's Dream  »

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1.33 : 1
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20 June 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Birth of a Race, The (1918)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Okay then. This film was produced to go against D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation by showing that all people should be treated the same but something certainly went wrong as this is without a doubt one of the funniest dramas I've ever seen. The film is meant to tell the story of mankind starting with Adam and Eve and going up to the current time of 1918. We see Jesus crucified, Columbus reaching America and then a closing shot and whites and blacks fighting together. This is an extremely low budget and poorly shot short running just over ten minutes and while it's heart might be trying to be good the final project is just a downright mess. If you're a religious scholar then there are countless errors that you could rip apart here. Whereas Griffith's film was against blacks you could say this film is against Indians and various other groups including blacks and they were the ones this film was meant to show in a good light. This film is shockenly every bit as racist of the Griffith film so what the producer's were trying for is beyond me as the message this film gives off is anything except peace.

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