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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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Complete credited cast:
Cathryn Caviness ... Sister Martha Ann Jackson
Spencer Williams ... Razz Jackson
Juanita Riley ... Sister Jenkins
Reather Hardeman ... Sister Ellerby
Rogenia Goldthwaite ... The Angel
James B. Jones ... Satan (as Jas. B. Jones)
Frank H. McClennan ... Judas Green
Eddie DeBase ... Rufus Brown (as Eddie De Base)
Alva Fuller ... Luke Williams
R.L. Robertson ... Rev. R.L. Robertson (as Rev. R.L. Robertson)
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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This film was selected to the National Film Registry, Library of Congress, in 1991. See more »

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

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Amazing Grace
Lyrics by John Newton
Music traditional, arranged by William Walker
Arranged by Henry Thacker Burleigh
Performed by R.L. Robertson and The Heavenly Choir in background during a baptism
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Historic at least
26 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

Blood of Jesus, The (1941)

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Spencer Williams, future star of TV's Amos and Andy, wrote, produced, directed and stars in this historically important, all-black feature film. This low budget feature suffers from various problems but, due to the historical importance, it was selected to the National Film Registry in 1991. A young woman (Cathryn Caviness) is baptized and later that evening accidentally shot by her husband (Williams). Before dying, an angel takes the woman to the Crossroads where she can select Heaven or Hell. However, before she can choose the Devil shows up with his assistant (named Judas) to try and steer her the wrong way. This film was made on a budget lower than $5,000 and you can really tell because the film features some of the worst acting I've ever seen. We're talking an Ed Wood level here as there are several moments where the actors flub their lines, struggle to remember them and then finally deliver them. The film tells an interesting story but the actual "story" only lasts for about ten minutes and the rest of the time we just watch people standing around the woman praying. The religious overtones will beat you nearly to death but the Gospel music is terrific and is the only highlight of the film.


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