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The Devil's Daughter (1939)

Approved | | Drama, Horror | 7 December 1939 (USA)
Sylvia Walton returns from Harlem to take over a Jamaican plantation from her vindictive half-sister, amid the growing sound of drums.


Arthur H. Leonard (as Arthur Leonard)


George Terwilliger (story) (as George W. Terwilliger)




Complete credited cast:
Nina Mae McKinney ... Isabelle Walton
Jack Carter Jack Carter ... Philip Ramsay
Ida James Ida James ... Sylvia Walton
Hamtree Harrington Hamtree Harrington ... Percy Jackson
Willa Mae Lane Willa Mae Lane ... Elvira
Emmett 'Babe' Wallace Emmett 'Babe' Wallace ... John Lowden (as Emmett Wallace)
Leon Lee Leon Lee ... Narrator (voice)


Sylvia Walton of Harlem inherits a Jamaican banana plantation and returns to manage it. Since her arrival, there's been no sign of her disinherited half-sister Isabelle, who ran the plantation until their father's death. But Sylvia, her two rival suitors, and her comic- relief servant Percy are disturbed by the constant, growing sound of drums. Meanwhile, in hiding, Isabelle schemes to regain her former place by manipulating local 'obeah' superstition. All-black cast. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Drama | Horror


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Like the other releases from Sack Amusement, this film featured an "all colored cast" and was booked into theaters that catered almost exclusively to black audiences. See more »


When Isabelle Walton (Nina Mae McKinney) tells Percy Jackson (Hamtree Harrington) that she is transferring his soul to a pig, she refers to the pig as "he" - but she's holding the pig upside down and its nipples are clearly visible, showing that the pig is female. Correction: male hogs do have nipples. See more »


Remake of Ouanga (1936) See more »

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Nina Mae McKinney in Jamaica
1 March 2009 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

"A young woman inherits a Jamaican plantation and moves from Harlem to Jamaica in order to take control of the operation. Her half-sister, who was running the plantation, has disappeared thus leaving the woman to manage things on her own. Unbeknownst to the woman, her half-sister plots to use the local legends and superstitions to her advantage, in order to scare the woman off and take control of the plantation," according to the DVD sleeve's synopsis. A segregated production, with performers like Nina Mae McKinney (as Isabelle) capable of so much more...

** The Devil's Daughter (12/7/39) Arthur Leonard ~ Ida James, Nina Mae McKinney, Emmett Wallace

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Release Date:

7 December 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Daughter of the Isle of Jamaica See more »

Filming Locations:

Kingston, Jamaica

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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

Mono (Variray Blue Seal Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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