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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 »

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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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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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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

While appearing in this film, Lucia Lynn Moses was commuting back and forth between the studio in Philadelphia and a chorus-line spot at the Cotton Club in New York City. See more »

Quotes

Eddie Blake: Baby, - - my offer still holds good, give this dicty sap you're hooked up to, the air and come with me to a live town and we'll make some real money!
Louise Howard: And where do I come in on this?
Eddie Blake: Fifty-fifty on the take!
Louise Howard: Okay, boy friend - - but remember this is STRICTLY a business proposition, so don't start by getting familiar!
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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 Losing Ground (1982) See more »

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An effective tragedy that demonstrates the importance of environment in shaping the lives of people.
21 April 1999 | by Art-22See all my reviews

I enjoyed this race movie intended for black audiences, even though I am not African-American or any racial minority. The forward states its point of view that a poor environment for a child will inevitably bring on a sense of shame, and then proceeds to unfold its story of an educated man in the field of music marrying a lower class woman to protect her from her stepfather, who beats her. Problems arise, however, when he won't take her to see his mother, who doesn't know he got married, and who he knows will be disappointed he did not marry a girl from his own class. My only problem with the movie was in the casting of the very refined Lucia Lynn Moses as the woman, so I could not fathom why her husband, well played by Harry Henderson, would not want his mother to meet her. It's an old-fashioned movie with some old-fashioned ideas, but has a few twists and wound up producing a few tears in my eyes. Watch it with some hankies close by if you are a softy for such movies, like me.


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