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Directed by:
Oscar Micheaux, American, 1884 - 1951  Search this
Written by:
Oscar Micheaux, American, 1884 - 1951  Search this
Produced by:
Oscar Micheaux, American, 1884 - 1951  Search this
Subject of:
Eunice Brooks, American  Search this
Stanley Morrell  Search this
Celeste Cole, American, 1908 - 1984  Search this
Kathleen Noisette, American, 1903 - 1935  Search this
Charles R. Moore, American, 1893 - 1947  Search this
Nora Newsome, American, 1893 - 1987  Search this
George Elwood Randol, American, 1895 - 1973  Search this
A.B. DeComathiere, American, 1877 - 1940  Search this
Carl Mahon, American, 1906 - 1992  Search this
Lou Vernon, Australian, 1888 - 1971  Search this
Louise Cook  Search this
Ronald Holder, American, born 1911  Search this
Donald Heywood, American, 1896 - 1967  Search this
Owned by:
Pearl Bowser, American, 1931 - 2023  Search this
Medium:
acetate film
Dimensions:
Physical extent (film) (a): 1140 ft
Duration (a): 32 min.
Physical extent (film) (b): 1000 ft
Duration (b): 28 min.
Physical extent (film) (c): 700 ft
Duration (c): 19 min.
Type:
sound films
black-and-white films (visual works)
feature films
16mm (photographic film size)
Place filmed:
Greenwich Village, New York City, New York County, New York, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted:
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States, North and Central America
South Dakota, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1931
Description:
A race film with the title The Exile. It consists of three (3) reels of 16mm black-and-white acetate film with optical sound. The film tells the tale of Jean Baptiste (Stanley Morrell), a man living in Chicago, and Edith Duval (Eunice Brooks). Edith, who worked as a servant for a white family, inherits their mansion after they flee their neighborhood because of an influx of African Americans. Jean and Eunice eventually grow at odds with each other because of their different personalities and the two break off their relationship. Jean relocates to South Dakota where he reinvents himself as a rancher and falls in love with Agnes Steward (Nora Newsome), a white woman. Believing that their relationship is doomed because of anti-miscegenation hostility, Jean moves back to Chicago where he reconnects with Edith and the two make plans to get married. One evening, Edith's ex-boyfriend breaks into her room and threatens to kill himself. She challenges him to go through with it, however, he turns the gun and kills her instead. Jean is initially charged with the murder but is eventually acquitted. Meanwhile, Agnes' father confesses that he himself is part black and she travels to Chicago and reunites with Jean.
Topic:
African American  Search this
American West  Search this
Film  Search this
Literature  Search this
Race films  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Pearl Bowser
Object number:
2012.79.1.30.1abc
Restrictions & Rights:
Public Domain
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title:
Pearl Bowser Collection
Classification:
Media Arts-Film and Video
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd53b918589-ab86-4c18-9355-a59b13022dee
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2012.79.1.30.1abc