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Birthright (1939)

| Drama
A black Harvard graduate confronts racism.


Oscar Micheaux


Thomas Sigismund Stribling (novel) (as T.S. Stribling), Oscar Micheaux
1 nomination. See more awards »


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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
Hazel Lisz Hazel Lisz
Ida Forsyne Ida Forsyne
Herbert E. Jelley Herbert E. Jelley
John Ward John Ward
C.R. Chase C.R. Chase
Alice B. Russell Alice B. Russell
H.E. Knight H.E. Knight
George Lessey
Columbus Jackson Columbus Jackson
Harry Moses Harry Moses
Tom Dillon Tom Dillon


A black Harvard graduate confronts racism.

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A story of the Negro and the South.









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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Filmed in late 1937. See more »


When Peter and Cissy are walking down the street talking about the Peter's being swindled, the shadow of a boom mike is to the left of her throughout the shot. See more »


Tump Pack: Turn around and march on to Darktown.
Peter Siner: What for?
Tump Pack: I'm gonna drop you into main street where all the jigs have been braggin' about you and Cissie can see that I ain't gonna take no dinglin' from nobody.
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Featured in Movies of Color: Black Southern Cinema (2002) See more »


All God's Children Got Rhythm
Music by Walter Jurmann
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Availability limited for this movie but excerpts are available
28 December 2014 | by gparker1842See all my reviews

This film, from what I know and have seen of it, really is exceptional, quite well filmed and cast for its time. It recounts the uphill struggle that even a well educated black man faced (the handsome protagonist educated at Harvard University, at that!). Alas, its availability is quite limited. Even if there were earlier versions and remakes, silent as well as sound movies, this one deserves wider rediscovery.

For some fairly extended scenes sampled from the film, there are bits of it included on the 2008 DVD anthology, "Jammin', Jumpin', and Jivin': All Black Cast Classics. vol. 2" (Something Weird Video. available on its own WWW site).

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