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Within Our Gates (1920)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 12 January 1920 (USA)
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Abandoned by her fiancé, an educated black woman with a shocking past dedicates herself to helping a near bankrupt school for impoverished black youths.

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Oscar Micheaux

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Oscar Micheaux
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Complete credited cast:
Evelyn Preer Evelyn Preer ... Sylvia Landry
Flo Clements Flo Clements ... Alma Prichard
James D. Ruffin James D. Ruffin ... Conrad Drebert - Sylvia's Fiancé
Jack Chenault Jack Chenault ... Larry Prichard - Alma's Stepbrother
William Smith William Smith ... Philip Gentry - A Detective
Charles D. Lucas Charles D. Lucas ... Dr. V. Vivian
Bernice Ladd Bernice Ladd ... Mrs. Geraldine Stratton
Mrs. Evelyn Mrs. Evelyn ... Mrs. Elena Warwick
William Starks William Starks ... Jasper Landry (as William Stark)
Mattie Edwards Mattie Edwards ... Jasper's Wife
Ralph Johnson Ralph Johnson ... Philip Gridlestone
E.G. Tatum E.G. Tatum ... Efram - Gridlestone's Servant
Grant Edwards Grant Edwards ... Emil Landry
Grant Gorman Grant Gorman ... Armand Gridlestone
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Southern negro Sylvia Landry visits her cousin Alma in the north, where there is less racial prejudice than in her home town of Piney Woods in the deep south, and is anxiously awaiting her fiancé, Conrad. But Alma has designs on Conrad and tricks Sylvia into a compromising situation when he arrives, and he abandons her. Disheartened, she returns to Piney Woods to help a reverend running a school for young negroes. Sylvia learns that the reverend hasn't the heart to turn away poor students, and unless he can raise $5,000 to supplement the $1.49 per child per year that the state supplies, the school will be closed. She goes up north again to try to raise the money and has little success, but meets kindly negro, Dr. V. Vivian, who helps her regain her stolen purse. When she saves a child from being hit by an auto, she herself is slightly injured. But the owner of the car is philanthropist Mrs. Elena Warwick, who is sympathetic to her quest and promises to donate the $5,000 to the school.... Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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[first lines]
Alma Prichard: Do pardon me for interrupting - but I forgot this...
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Alternate Versions

In 1993, the Library of Congress Motion Picture Conservation Center restored this film as close to the original as possible, from the only known surviving copy in Spain. The Spanish intertitles were retranslated into English using typical Micheaux language. Only one short sequence was missing and that was summarized with an intertitle frame. The running time is 79 minutes. See more »

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Only of historical and sociological interest
8 September 1998 | by ReiherSee all my reviews

Primitively filmed, with a fractured and meandering plot. Micheaux gives little evidence here of having much directorial ability. It's hard to imagine anyone actually enjoying watching it.

Of historical and sociological interest as an early black-made film, but compares poorly to professional-quality films of that era from the US and elsewhere. Of some value because it presumably shows how educated blacks of that era looked at themselves.


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Release Date:

12 January 1920 (USA) See more »

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Within Our Gates See more »

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Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA See more »

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