Birthright (1924)

A young black Harvard graduate fights against a variety of obstacles, including racist opposition, in order to build a school for black children.

Director:

Oscar Micheaux

Writers:

Thomas Sigismund Stribling (novel), Oscar Micheaux (scenario)
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Cast

Credited cast:
J. Homer Tutt J. Homer Tutt ... Peter Siner
Evelyn Preer Evelyn Preer ... Cissie Deldine
Salem Tutt Whitney Salem Tutt Whitney ... Tump Pack
Lawrence Chenault Lawrence Chenault
William Crowell William Crowell ... (as W.B.F. Crowell)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alec Lovejoy Alec Lovejoy
Ethel Moses Ethel Moses
Carman Newsome Carman Newsome
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A young black Harvard graduate fights against a variety of obstacles, including racist opposition, in order to build a school for black children.

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Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1924 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Micheaux Film See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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As of 2009, this is considered a lost film. See more »

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Remade as Birthright (1939) See more »

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Prelude to the sound version of Birthright by Oscar Micheaux
26 August 2005 | by hhbooker2-1See all my reviews

This was a pioneer film by Oscar Micheaux that he made in 1924 and later re-made in 1939 in sound, both are timeless and equally great movies, despite the former not having sound, the message was as clear about the story of a young black hero who graduated from Harvard Univesity and overcame racial hatred to go on to build a school for black children in Tennessee. Other films by Micheaux include "The Exile" (1931), "The Girl From Chicago" (1932), "Lem Hawkins Confession" (also known as "Murder in Harlem -(1935), "Underworld" (1937),"Temptation" (1936), "Swing" (1938), and "Lying Lips" (1939). Oscar Micheaux died in 1951 almost alone and not remembered. Most of his films are still available for viewing in video and DVD.


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