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Birthright (1939)

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A black Harvard graduate confronts racism.

Director:

Oscar Micheaux

Writers:

Thomas Sigismund Stribling (novel) (as T.S. Stribling), Oscar Micheaux
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carman Newsome Carman Newsome ... Peter Siner
Ethel Moses Ethel Moses ... Cissie Deldine
Alec Lovejoy Alec Lovejoy ... Tump Pack
Trixie Smith Trixie Smith ... Caroline Siner
Hazel Lisz Hazel Lisz
Ida Forsyne Ida Forsyne ... Rose
Herbert E. Jelley Herbert E. Jelley
John Ward John Ward
C.R. Chase C.R. Chase
Alice B. Russell Alice B. Russell ... Nan Berry Deldine
H.E. Knight H.E. Knight
George Lessey
Columbus Jackson Columbus Jackson
Harry Moses Harry Moses
Tom Dillon Tom Dillon
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A black Harvard graduate confronts racism.

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A story of the Negro and the South.

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Drama

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Company Credits

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Micheaux Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Siner calls on the white doctor who visits his sick mother and then takes him in, the house is clearly the same one as the doctor who refuses treatment unless he's paid ten dollars. Not a goof, but an example of the economies Michaux used , particularly in his sound films. See more »

Goofs

Tump is shown wearing his medals on his uniform as he's explaining what he did in the war to four other men. Peter calls him over to talk. In the next shot, all of Tump's medals are gone. See more »

Quotes

Henry Hooker: Ten dollars more for the great work for the salvation of the black heathens of Africa! Amen!
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Connections

Featured in Movies of Color: Black Southern Cinema (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

All God's Children Got Rhythm
Music by Walter Jurmann
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The 55 Year Old Oscar Micheaux
30 October 2003 | by Single-Black-MaleSee all my reviews

This adaptation of Thomas Edmund Stribling's novel was akin to Hitchcock's adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier's novel, 'Jamaica Inn'. I enjoyed reading Stribling's novel simply because it was written from a black perspective.

I don't think I should be too harsh on Micheaux because his contemporaries, Hitchcock and DeMille, weren't at their best either at this stage.


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