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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
acetate film
Duration: 56 Minutes
Length (Film Reel 1): 1100 Feet
Length (Film Reel 2): 1000 Feet
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
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.
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:
Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Media Arts-Film and Video
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture