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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.

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Spencer Williams
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Cathryn Caviness Cathryn Caviness ... Sister Martha Ann Jackson
Spencer Williams 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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Storyline

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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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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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film was so successful that Spencer Williams was offered a ten-year contract to produce eight more films with his company. See more »

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


Soundtracks

Good News
Traditional
Arranged by Henry Thacker Burleigh
Performed by R.L. Robertson and The Heavenly Choir during the opening credits
Reprised by them at the end
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A newly baptized young black woman in the rural American South is accidentally shot by her husband and undergoes a challenging journey to salvation.
28 January 2007 | by CJEamadeusSee all my reviews

BLOOD OF Jesus must be judged within its own very special context, and not by current commercial cinematic standards. In its own context, BLOOD OF Jesus is not only an important cultural document but a compelling and great film. Yes, its production values seem crude and its performances rudimentary, though wholly sincere; it must be remembered that the budget was of necessity very low and that the actors had little experience or access to theatrical training).

But the artistry of the director, Spencer Williams, shouldn't be underestimated: his sophisticated layering of symbols and imagery (from Protestant, Catholic, and Yoruba religious tradition) and his priceless snapshot of African-American life and culture at a crucial juncture is not just eye-opening but enjoyable. And the music is authentic and first-rate.


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