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The Scar of Shame (1927)

TV-PG | | Drama
An educated, upscale young black musician marries a woman from a lower socioeconomic class to get her out of the clutches of her stepfather, who beats and abuses her. However, once he "... See full summary »

Director:

Frank Peregini (as Frank Perugini)

Writer:

David Starkman (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Harry Henderson Harry Henderson ... Alvin Hillyard
Norman Johnstone Norman Johnstone ... Eddie Blake
Ann Kennedy Ann Kennedy ... Lucretia Green
Lucia Lynn Moses Lucia Lynn Moses ... Louise Howard
William E. Pettus William E. Pettus ... 'Spike' Howard
Lawrence Chenault Lawrence Chenault ... Ralph Hathaway
Pearl McCormack Pearl McCormack ... Alice Hathaway
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Gilpin Charles Gilpin
Shingzie Howard Shingzie Howard
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Storyline

An educated, upscale young black musician marries a woman from a lower socioeconomic class to get her out of the clutches of her stepfather, who beats and abuses her. However, once he "saves" her, he won't let his new wife meet his mother, as he knows she will be angry and disappointed with him for marrying someone "below his station". Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Country:

USA

Filming Locations:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Respected film scholar Donald Bogel has called The Scar of Shame (1927) quite possibly the best independent black film of the silent era. See more »

Quotes

Louise Howard: That's Mr. Hillyard playing. - - Some day he will be the leading composer of our race.
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Alternate Versions

The Library of Congress Video Collection has a restored version of this film with a new piano score composed and performed by Philip Carli. Its running time is 76 minutes. A small missing section is summarized by an intertitle. Other restoration credits: Simmon, Scott ....... restoration producer Fleming, Dina T. .... restoration production co-ordinator McConnell, Allan .... restoration magnetic recording laboratory head Winther, James ...... restoration videotape transfer and editor Chrisman, Paul ...... restoration music recordist DeAnna, Gene ........ restoration titles See more »

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Referenced in Black Shadows on the Silver Screen (1975) See more »

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Great 1927 Silent Film
1 October 2007 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

Enjoyed viewing this film about an African American film during the Year 1927 and loved the entire story that concerned itself with a successful piano player who was a very good person and lived in a boarding house with other people. He noticed a certain lady was being abused by her father and decided to protect her and provide a place to protect her from any more harm. It was not too long that he decided to marry her and completely change her life and give her more security. However, her father had a very serious drinking problem and was convinced by a friend of his to abducted his daughter and bring her into the entertainment business or prostitution. This story has many twists and turns and is a great film about race and there are plenty of mixed emotions in 1927 with relationships between Black & White people. I doubt if this film was very popular during the 1920's but our country has progressed much further today.


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