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-- Synopsis:
     The is one of the first all-African American feature films ever made and was King Vidor's first " talkie." This film is about Zeke (Daniel L. Haynes) a naive cotton farmer who is in love with Missy Rose (Victoria Spivey) but falls into the net of very corrupt pretty hoochie dancer (Nina Mae McKinney) in a rigged craps game while already traveling a rocky road from sin to redemption. The movie portrays the wrenching poverty and backbreaking labor of the life of a sharecropper, and a loving mother who never gives up hope for her wayward son as well as the faith to survive it all.

    This film is a well done for the time and is a provocative movie on faith and religion. This film was shot on location in Tennessee and shows much of the real thing in those days such as the Holy Roller meetings, a wake, cabarets, Juke Joints and various Plantation scenes. This is an excellent film for those who enjoy old movies or History of any kind. It was so good this film was nominated for an Oscar Award.

* Features:
     There are some superb dance routines such as the short Sand Soft Shoe number and the Charleston. Scenes portraying the African-American church with its unique praise and the importance of dance and song.

More Film Information below





1929 Warner Studios King Vidor [DVD | VHS]


Country Made:



109 minutes USA English Black and White


Featured Dancer

Featured Dance

Dance Rating

Musical / Drama n/a Soft Shoe | Charleston Excellent

Known Dancers

Musical Director

Actors / Actresses

Nina Mae McKinney Eva Jessye Daniel L. Haynes
    Everett McGarrity
    Fanny Belle DeKnight
    Nina Mae McKinney
    Victoria Spivey
    William Fountaine

Dances performed in this film

Special Dance Interest

Charleston n/a n/a Soft Shoe
Soft Shoe    Juke Joint
Tap Dance    Plantation Life
Hoochie Coochie    Gospel Songs and Dance

Some Music Titles in Film

Bands | Musicians | Singers

Posters | Lobby Cards

Go Down Moses [Let My People Go] The Dixie Jubilee Singers n/a
Here Comes the Bride Eva Jessye (Singer)    
Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child Evelyn Pope Burwell (Singer)    
St. Louis Blues (W.C. Handy)      
Swanee Shuffle (Irving Berlin)      
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot      
Waiting at the End of the Road      

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