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The Blood of Jesus (1941)

Approved | | Drama, Fantasy | 26 April 1941 (USA)
An atheist accidentally shoots his Baptist wife. She dies and goes to a crossroads, where the devil tries to lead her astray.

Director:

Spencer Williams
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Cathryn Caviness Cathryn Caviness ... Sister Martha Ann Jackson
Spencer Williams ... Razz Jackson
Juanita Riley Juanita Riley ... Sister Jenkins
Reather Hardeman Reather Hardeman ... Sister Ellerby
Rogenia Goldthwaite Rogenia Goldthwaite ... The Angel
James B. Jones James B. Jones ... Satan (as Jas. B. Jones)
Frank H. McClennan Frank H. McClennan ... Judas Green
Eddie DeBase Eddie DeBase ... Rufus Brown (as Eddie De Base)
Alva Fuller Alva Fuller ... Luke Williams
R.L. Robertson R.L. Robertson ... Rev. R.L. Robertson (as Rev. R.L. Robertson)
The Heavenly Choir The Heavenly Choir ... Group Singers
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In the rural south of the United States, a godly young woman is accidently wounded by her unchurched husband. She succumbs to the injuries, whereupon a good angel bids her to journey with him to the Crossroads of Life. Before she can travel far, the devil lures her with the temptations of juke joints and the city. Can she regain the straight and narrow before it's too late? And what is to become of those she left behind? Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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A Mighty Epic Of Modern Morals!

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Drama | Fantasy

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Trivia

This film was selected to the National Film Registry, Library of Congress, in 1991. See more »

Goofs

When Sister Elsie visits Sister Jenkins, a hand is seen pulling the door closed behind her. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord)
Traditional
Arranged by Henry Thacker Burleigh
Performed by R.L. Robertson and The Heavenly Choir in background when a picure of Jesus is shown
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An Atheist's Confession
26 September 2016 | by palmiroSee all my reviews

Perhaps it's best to think about "The Blood of Jesus" as a great piece of "naïve" art. The technique is primitive, but its content reveals to us the deep spirituality of the people portrayed--a kind of ethnographic study against a background of two contrasting (but maybe not so contrasting) musical forms: Negro Spirituals and swinging jive and blues.

The story plays out like a children's fairy tale, with the forces of righteousness and sinfulness given human form--and I must confess that,as an atheist, I sure dug the pleasures to be found at the night club more than the baptismal dunking in the river. Nonetheless, the feelings of rapture conveyed by the choir were so powerful that it had me and my atonal wife singing along with them and saying to myself: "Sinner Repent!." Ultimately deeply moving and strongly recommended.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Glory Road See more »

Filming Locations:

Dallas, Texas, USA

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Budget:

$5,000 (estimated)
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