The House Behind the Cedars (1927)

Rena ( Shingzie Howard ), a beautiful mulatto woman, who passes as white, receives a proposal from an aristocratic white millionaire who has fallen in love with her. Rena accepts without ... See full summary »

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Oscar Micheaux
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Shingzie Howard Shingzie Howard ... Rena Walden / Warwick
Andrew Bishop Andrew Bishop ... George Tryon
Lawrence Chenault Lawrence Chenault ... John Walden / Warwick
Alma Sewell Alma Sewell
William Crowell William Crowell ... (as Willian F.B. Crowell)
Douglas Griffin Douglas Griffin
Oliver Hill Oliver Hill
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Rena ( Shingzie Howard ), a beautiful mulatto woman, who passes as white, receives a proposal from an aristocratic white millionaire who has fallen in love with her. Rena accepts without revealing the secret of her racial background. Unhappy, Rena returns to her former lover, Frank Fowler, a black man, who has risen to power despite his color. She tells him that although she has fooled the public, she has not fooled herself. Written by Pamela Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Filming Locations:

Roanoke, Virginia, USA

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Financial constraints led director Oscar Micheaux to transfer the original story's setting (the Civil War) to present day. See more »

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The 43 Year Old Oscar Micheaux
27 October 2003 | by Single-Black-MaleSee all my reviews

Unlike Stan Laurel, Cecil B. DeMille and Alfred Hitchcock, Oscar Micheaux was not maturing as a film-maker. In fact, the only credible thing that he's done up until now is give Paul Robeson his big break. Without a doubt, his films are not enjoyable, and you almost feel as though the chosen representative argument has been exhausted.


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