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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
Alfred N. Sack, American, 1898 - 1969  Search this
Distributed by:
Sack Amusement Enterprises, American, 1920 - 1979  Search this
Subject of:
Edna Mae Harris, American, 1910 - 1997  Search this
Carman Newsome, 1912 - 1974  Search this
Robert Earl Jones, American, 1910 - 2006  Search this
Frances Williams, American, 1908 - 1995  Search this
Cherokee Thornton, Bahamian, 1880 - 1968  Search this
Charles LaTorre, American, 1894 - 1990  Search this
Robert Paquin, American, 1915 - 1982  Search this
George Reynolds  Search this
Amanda Randolph, American, 1896 - 1967  Search this
Teddy Hale, American, 1926 - 1959  Search this
Slim Thompson  Search this
Gladys Williams, American  Search this
Juano Hernández, 1896 - 1970  Search this
Henry Gines  Search this
Don De Leo, Italian, 1904 - 1979  Search this
Medium:
acetate film
Dimensions:
Duration: 56 Minutes
Length (Film Reel 1): 1100 Feet
Length (Film Reel 2): 1000 Feet
Type:
sound films
black-and-white films (visual works)
release prints (motion pictures)
feature films
35mm (photographic film size)
Place filmed:
New York City, New York County, New York, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted:
United States, North and Central America
Date:
1939
Description:
A 16mm release print of the feature film Lying Lips. It consists of two reels of positive, black-and-white, 16mm acetate film with variable-area optical sound.
The film opens with the protagonist Elsie Bellwood (Edna Mae Harris) leading a group of people through a music parlor. She approaches a bandmember and asks him, “Will you play ‘Beautiful Baby’ for me?” Elsie then takes center screen and sings while the audience dances behind her. In the next scene, a woman called Elizabeth (Frances Williams) enters a room and hands Farina (Don De Leo) an object. Elizabeth and Farina, the owner of the club, engage in a conversation about Elsie’s responsibilities at the club. The rest of the film chronicles how Elsie is wrongfully convicted of murder. Benjamin (Carman Newsome), a detective with romantic motivations, sets out to prove her innocence.
Topic:
African American  Search this
Film  Search this
Musicians  Search this
Nightlife  Search this
Race films  Search this
Urban life  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Randall and Sam Nieman
Object number:
2015.167.13.1ab
Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Media Arts-Film and Video
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5b93e704c-b658-4c4c-bfb9-831054cc9ee2
EDAN-URL:
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