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The Devil's Daughter (1939)

Sylvia Walton returns from Harlem to take over a Jamaican plantation from her vindictive half-sister, amid the growing sound of drums.

Director:

Arthur H. Leonard (as Arthur Leonard)

Writer:

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

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 Lang Willa Mae Lang ... Elvira
Emmett 'Babe' Wallace Emmett 'Babe' Wallace ... John Lowden (as Emmett Wallace)
Leon Lee Leon Lee ... Narrator (voice)
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Storyline

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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Sensational All-Negro Drama See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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

Runtime:

| (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Variray Blue Seal Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

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Remake of Ouanga (1936) See more »

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Not enough scenes of Nina Mae McKinney, the leading lady. I suspect they were lost during post-production and editing.
23 May 2006 | by machineelSee all my reviews

The film was apparently made in Jamaica with some beautiful musical sequences with singing and dancing that complement the simple story. There had to be a good budget to film that and pay top money to the world famous star. It drags in parts, though, with boring unnecessary speeches that over explain the plot, EXCEPT the few exquisite scenes with Nina Mae McKinney: there should have been more closeups of her, her screen presence is hypnotic! You only watch her, even when the other actors are talking you are drawn to her face to see her reactions! A beautiful love theme was under-recorded and is barely audible at times. I suspect some additional minutes of footage were edited out or lost.


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