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Go Down, Death! (1945)

The owner of a juke joint arranges to frame an innocent preacher with a scandalous photograph, but his scheme backfires when his own adoptive mother interferes.

Director:

Spencer Williams

Writers:

Sam Elljay (screenplay), Jean Roddy (story idea) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Myra D. Hemmings
Samuel H. James ... Jasper - The Preacher
Eddye L. Houston Eddye L. Houston
Spencer Williams Spencer Williams ... Big Jim Bottoms
Amos Droughan Amos Droughan
Walter McMillion Walter McMillion
Irene Campbell Irene Campbell
Charlie Washington Charlie Washington
Helen Butler Helen Butler
Dolly Jones Dolly Jones
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jimmie Green Jimmie Green
The Heavenly Choir The Heavenly Choir
Jimmie Green's Orchestra Jimmie Green's Orchestra
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Storyline

A bar owner attempts to discredit the new preacher with whom he is feuding by framing him with a photograph showing him drinking with women with bad reputations. The bar owner's adoptive mother, a member of the minister's church, supports the preacher and gets the photographic prints. When the bar owner struggles with his mother for the prints, he accidentally kills her. After the preacher's funeral sermon, the bar owner's conscience drives him to his death. Written by Gary Imhoff, gary@dcwatch.com

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"The Wages of Sin is Death and as Ye Sow, so Shall Ye Reap"... Sayeth the Scriptures! See more »

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 1945 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

San Antonio, Texas, USA See more »

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Harlemwood Studios See more »
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Mono
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This film was the third in a trilogy of religious films directed by noted African-American filmmaker Spencer Williams. He previously directed The Blood of Jesus (1941) and the now-lost Brother Martin (1942). See more »

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Referenced in Classified X (1998) See more »

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Interesting artifact from another time
3 January 2004 | by Sleepy-17See all my reviews

I don't know if watching these early "sepia" films changed my life, but I certainly look at the USA differently now that I've seen a few of them. A note: Spencer Williams didn't play the preacher, as I said in the earlier review. I'd have to see it again to be sure, but I think he played the murderer.


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