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The Exile (1931)

A young man named Jean in post-World War I Chicago falls in love with a beautiful girl named Edith. He proposes to her, but realizes that she's involved in the rackets and won't leave them,... See full summary »


Oscar Micheaux


Oscar Micheaux (novel), Oscar Micheaux (screenplay)


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Credited cast:
Eunice Brooks Eunice Brooks ... Edith Duval
Stanley Morrell Stanley Morrell ... Jean Baptiste
Celeste Cole Celeste Cole ... A Singer
Kathleen Noisette Kathleen Noisette ... Madge
Charles R. Moore ... Jack Stewart (as Charles Moore)
Nora Newsome Nora Newsome ... Agnes Stewart
George Randol George Randol ... Bill Prescott
A.B. DeComathiere A.B. DeComathiere ... An Outlaw (as A. B. Comathiere)
Carl Mahon Carl Mahon ... Jango
Lou Vernon Lou Vernon ... District Attorney
Louise Cook Louise Cook ... Dancer
Roland Holder Roland Holder ... Tap Dancer
Donald Heywood Donald Heywood ... Bandleader
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Don Heywood and His Band Don Heywood and His Band ... Themselves
Leonard Harper Leonard Harper ... Himself


A young man named Jean in post-World War I Chicago falls in love with a beautiful girl named Edith. He proposes to her, but realizes that she's involved in the rackets and won't leave them, so he goes back home to South Dakota, where he becomes a successful rancher. There he falls for a white girl, but guilt drives him back to Chicago, where he runs into Edith again, and they agree to marry. When Edith is later found murdered, Jean is blamed for the crime. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Mighty Modern All Talking Epic Of Negro Life


Drama | Romance







Release Date:

16 May 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Exílio See more »


Box Office


$15,000 (estimated)
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Micheaux Film See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Not bad, Not Bad At All! Elegant Nightclub Scenes showing how Blacks REALLY were!
13 December 2005 | by msladysoulSee all my reviews

Like most of Micheaux's movies you have to watch a few times to really get it. I like to watch the rare gems of actors and actresses in his movies. Catherine Noisette, not Kathleen or Katherine Noisette, is a gorgeous lady with charm and she's the snotty, stuck up, glamorous, gossipy type in the fashion of Kay Francis and Myrna Loy. I would like to have seen more of her, she had what it took to be a full-fledged actress, her scenes are few but you won't miss her. The Black Press had quite a lot to say about her, she most of been of some importance. Eunice Brooks is as always great and convincing. I love the nightclub scenes, it shows what black America was like and doing at the time, very different from how white Hollywood depicted Black America, Blacks were beautiful and handsome, glamorous, fun-loving and elegant looking in this film, you'll only see them this way in Black Cinema films outside of Hollywood. If you don't like the movie, at least watch for the entertainment and the view of the real Black America. The movie is about John Baptiste, a good, farm boy type who is dating a wicked and highly ambitious woman named Edith, who he breaks up with when she doesn't give up her evil, sinful lifestyle and live a quiet, country life with him, he goes back to where he comes from and ends up falling for a woman who he presumes is white, played by Nora Newsome or Newcome and for that reason he breaks up with her and goes back to wicked Edith, she gets killed by a man she used and abused and John is suspected of killing her but all ends well, as all movies were back than, there is a happy ending John is cleared when the real killer of Edith played by the great black elegant actor Carl Mahon (one of Micheaux's very few better actors) confess and John finds that the girl he thought was white really is black (a monotonous theme of Micheaux's movies)and they live happily ever after.

The entertainment in the movie is wonderful, Micheaux didn't go wrong there, he always included good entertainment, you can't leave out black entertainers in a time when black entertainers were said to be the best. He knew if people didn't like the movie, they'll like the entertainment, which is true to this day. Black Cinema in those days made sure to include great music and entertainment. Leonard Harper, a man who helped many great black talents become successes, he was highly respected in his time in show business, he was like a Ziegfield and Busby Berkeley, he lends his expertise to Micheaux, we get to see his beauty chorus, tap dancers and Louise Cook, a popular dancer in the 30's who was married to one of the Mills Brothers. Donald Heywood's band is great as always, he had a helping hand in many Black Cinema films of the early years.

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