5.0/10
87
7 user 3 critic

The Girl from Chicago (1932)

| Crime, Drama | 1932 (USA)
An undercover government agent on a case in Mississipi meets and falls in love with a beautiful young woman who's being menaced by a local crime boss. He rescues the girl, and they leave ... See full summary »

Director:

Oscar Micheaux

Writers:

Oscar Micheaux (story "Jeff Ballinger's Woman"), Oscar Micheaux (adaptation)
Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Birthright (1939)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A black Harvard graduate confronts racism.

Director: Oscar Micheaux
Stars: Carman Newsome, Ethel Moses, Alec Lovejoy
The Exile (1931)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

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 »

Director: Oscar Micheaux
Stars: Eunice Brooks, Stanley Morrell, Celeste Cole
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Abandoned by her fiancé, an educated black woman with a shocking past dedicates herself to helping a near bankrupt school for impoverished black youths.

Director: Oscar Micheaux
Stars: Evelyn Preer, Flo Clements, James D. Ruffin
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

John Walden, left home 20 years earlier and has been "passing" as white in a town where no one knew of his background. He returns home to take his now grown sister back with him so she too ... See full summary »

Director: Oscar Micheaux
Stars: Lucille Lewis, Walter Fleming, Laura Bowman
Body and Soul (1925)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A minister is malevolent and sinister behind his righteous facade. He consorts with, and later extorts from, the owner of a gambling house, and betrays an honest girl, eventually driving ... See full summary »

Director: Oscar Micheaux
Stars: Paul Robeson, Marshall Rogers, Lawrence Chenault
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A man is swindled out of his mill business and turns to drink. After losing his daughter who is hit in the head by a glass during a bar brawl, he is reborn and runs for mayor a couple years later

Director: Roy Calnek
Stars: Charles Gilpin, Myra Burwell, Lawrence Chenault
Lying Lips (1939)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A nightclub singer refuses to "date" customers, so she's framed for the murder of her aunt, convicted of the killing and sent to prison. However, her friend, who is a police detective, ... See full summary »

Director: Oscar Micheaux
Stars: Edna Mae Harris, Carman Newsome, Robert Earl Jones
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Gangsters use a woman to get to a boxer and convince him to throw a big fight.

Director: Oscar Micheaux
Stars: Gladys Williams, Robert Earl Jones, Carman Newsome
Adventure | Crime | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A veteran World War I fighter pilot returns home a war hero and immediately regains his former job as a railroad company detective. His first case: recover a stolen satchel filled with ... See full summary »

Director: Richard E. Norman
Stars: Laurence Criner, Kathryn Boyd, Boise De Legge
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A young light-skinned Negress struggles to find her place in both the black and the white worlds.

Director: Oscar Micheaux
Stars: Jacqueline Lewis, Ethel Moses, Alice B. Russell
The Betrayal (1948)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Director: Oscar Micheaux
Stars: William Byrd, Leroy Collins, Verlie Cowan
Drama | Musical | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

A movie producer offers a nightclub singer a role in his latest film, but all he really wants to do is bed her. She knows, but accepts anyway. Meanwhile, a patron at the club gets a note ... See full summary »

Director: Oscar Micheaux
Stars: Lawrence Chenault, A.B. DeComathiere, Laura Bowman
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Grace Smith Grace Smith ... Liza Hatfield
Carl Mahon Carl Mahon ... Alonzo White
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eunice Brooks Eunice Brooks ... Mary Austin
Starr Calloway Starr Calloway ... Norma Shepard
Edwin Cary Edwin Cary ... Numbers collector
Minto Cato Minto Cato ... Mary's sister
'Slick' Chester 'Slick' Chester
Chick Evans Chick Evans
John Everett John Everett ... Jeff Ballinger
Buddy Harris Buddy Harris ... (as Bud Harris)
Juano Hernandez ... Gomez
Alice B. Russell Alice B. Russell ... Miss Warren
Cherokee Thornton Cherokee Thornton ... A Switch
Frank H. Wilson Frank H. Wilson ... Wade Washington (as Frank Wilson)
Edit

Storyline

An undercover government agent on a case in Mississipi meets and falls in love with a beautiful young woman who's being menaced by a local crime boss. He rescues the girl, and they leave Mississippi and head to Harlem, but their troubles follow them: they become involved in the murder of a local crime boss there. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Garota de Chicago See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Micheaux Film See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Film debut of Juano Hernandez. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Sabu: The Elephant Boy (1993) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Technically Quite Awful
13 February 2017 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Girl from Chicago (1932)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Secret Agent Alonzo White (Carl Mahon) finds himself in Mississippi where he meets a woman named Norma (Starr Calloway). The two hit it off but the only problem is that a local gangster is also after the woman. After some drama Alonzo and Norma run off to Harlem where more trouble waits for them.

Oscar Micheaux's THE GIRL FROM CHICAGO is a complete and utter failure. There's really no other way to look at it but you can certainly understand because, let's face it, the 30s just weren't a good time for race films. Most black filmmakers were working on extremely low budgets and more times than not they had to use non-actors for the roles. This here will explain why this film has some of the worst performances that you'll ever see and also some of the worst cinematography that you'll ever see.

There are many shots in the film where the actor's heads are cut off. The awful framing is something that I thought might have been an issue with the print I was viewing but I compared two different prints and it was like that on both. As I said, the performances are beyond bad and it's so bad at times that it almost feels like the actor is trying to ruin the film by making their performance so bad. Apparently Micheaux knew it as well as there are a couple times where you can actually hear him directing the cast members? Look around the twenty-two minute mark and you can hear him off camera directing. There's also another sequence where you can see him in a mirror directing.

As I said, THE GIRL FROM CHICAGO is technically very poorly made and the performances are awful. This here pretty much kills any chance for a good movie. The story itself is your typical mystery and it's not overly bad but there's just not much Micheaux could do.


0 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 7 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed