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Norman Studios, American, 1920 - 1928  Search this
Subject of:
Kathryn Boyd, American, 1897 - 1965  Search this
John L. Criner, American, 1898 - 1965  Search this
Boise De Legge, American  Search this
Lions Daniels, American  Search this
George Colvin, American, born 1864  Search this
Sam Jordan  Search this
R.L. Brown  Search this
Steve Reynolds, American, 1892 - 1945  Search this
Bessie Coleman, American, 1892 - 1926  Search this
ink on paper (fiber product)
H x W (image): 21 1/2 × 13 in. (54.6 × 33 cm)
H x W (sheet): 22 1/16 × 14 in. (56 × 35.6 cm)
fliers (printed matter)
Place used:
United States, North and Central America
In this 1926 film, black fighter pilot Captain Billy Stokes, played by Laurence Criner, returns home from World War I a hero and resumes his civilian career as a railroad detective. The role of pilot Ruth Sawtelle, played by Kathryn Boyd, is inspired by aviator Bessie Coleman. Coleman had been in talks with race film studio Norman Productions to star in a film about her life when she was killed during a flight in Jacksonville, Florida.
This movie herald has an orange background and features a large square in the middle of the sheet depicting several black and white scenes from the movie: a man (Lawrence Criner) in a WWI uniform, a heart-shaped vignette of man embracing a woman in an air pilot's uniform, and a man parachuting from a burning plane and the text [Thrills! / Action! / Punch!]. Above the vignettes is the title: [The Norman Studios Presents the Super Feature Photoplay/ THE FLYING ACE/ Sensation of the Year] and below is printed cast and production information. Across the very top, in a white rectangle, is black text reading [Coming to this theatre].
African American  Search this
Actors  Search this
Film  Search this
Race films  Search this
U.S. History, 1919-1933  Search this
World War I  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
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Public domain
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Collection title:
A Cinema Apart: African American Film Memorabilia (Larry Richards Collection)
Memorabilia and Ephemera-Advertisements
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture