Race Films DVD Set

by bderoes-12985 | created - 16 Nov 2017 | updated - 08 Dec 2017 | Public

Box set found on eBay, Etsy and Amazon. 75 full feature length Race Films, plus 45 short Race Films. http://www.blacknews.com/news/trend-entertainment-race-films-dvd-set-75-classic-black-movies-45-short-race-films/#.Wg2DYTdry00

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1. Within Our Gates (1920)

Not Rated | 79 min | Drama, Romance

Abandoned by her fiancé, an educated black woman with a shocking past dedicates herself to helping a near bankrupt school for impoverished black youths.

Director: Oscar Micheaux | Stars: Evelyn Preer, Flo Clements, James D. Ruffin, Jack Chenault

Votes: 2,114

2. The Symbol of the Unconquered (1920)

TV-PG | 54 min | Drama

Racists learn that the land a negro owns lies over a vast oil field, and threaten his life when he refuses to sell.

Director: Oscar Micheaux | Stars: Iris Hall, Walker Thompson, Lawrence Chenault, Mattie Wilkes

Votes: 312

3. Body and Soul (1925)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama

A minister is malevolent and sinister behind his righteous facade. He consorts with, and later extorts from, the owner of a gambling house, and betrays an honest girl, eventually driving ... See full summary »

Director: Oscar Micheaux | Stars: Paul Robeson, Marshall Rogers, Lawrence Chenault, Chester A. Alexander

Votes: 658

4. The Scar of Shame (1927)

TV-PG | 68 min | Drama

An educated, upscale young black musician marries a woman from a lower socioeconomic class to get her out of the clutches of her stepfather, who beats and abuses her. However, once he "... See full summary »

Director: Frank Peregini | Stars: Harry Henderson, Norman Johnstone, Ann Kennedy, Lucia Lynn Moses

Votes: 259

5. Eleven P.M. (1928)

56 min | Drama

A surreal melodrama in which a poor violinist named Sundaisy (Maurice) tries to protect an orphan girl (Wand Maurice) from a small-time hoodlum.

Director: Richard Maurice | Stars: Richard Maurice, Sammie Fields, Orine Johnson, Wanda Maurice

Votes: 65

6. Borderline (1930)

Not Rated | 63 min | Drama

A negro woman having an adulterous affair with a white man causes his wife to go mad and re-enforces the towns-folk's prejudice against Negroes.

Director: Kenneth MacPherson | Stars: Paul Robeson, Eslanda Robeson, Hilda Doolittle, Gavin Arthur

Votes: 396

7. The Exile (1931)

93 min | Drama, Romance

A young man named Jean in post-World War I Chicago falls in love with a beautiful girl named Edith. He proposes to her, but realizes that she's involved in the rackets and won't leave them,... See full summary »

Director: Oscar Micheaux | Stars: Eunice Brooks, Stanley Morrell, Celeste Cole, Kathleen Noisette

Votes: 77

8. Harlem Is Heaven (1932)

69 min | Crime, Drama, Musical

The director and star of a Harlem theater troupe puts his feelings aside to help unite two lovers.

Director: Irwin Franklyn | Stars: Bill Robinson, Eubie Blake, John 'Spider Bruce' Mason, Putney Dandridge

Votes: 26

9. Ten Minutes to Live (1932)

Not Rated | 58 min | Drama, Musical, Mystery

A movie producer offers a nightclub singer a role in his latest film, but all he really wants to do is bed her. She knows, but accepts anyway. Meanwhile, a patron at the club gets a note ... See full summary »

Director: Oscar Micheaux | Stars: Lawrence Chenault, A.B. DeComathiere, Laura Bowman, Willor Lee Guilford

Votes: 166

10. The Black King (1932)

72 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

An unscrupulous minister starts a 'back to Africa' movement.

Director: Bud Pollard | Stars: A.B. DeComathiere, Vivianne Baber, Knolly Mitchell, Dan Michaels

Votes: 28

11. Veiled Aristocrats (1932)

48 min | Drama

John Walden, left home 20 years earlier and has been "passing" as white in a town where no one knew of his background. He returns home to take his now grown sister back with him so she too ... See full summary »

Director: Oscar Micheaux | Stars: Lucille Lewis, Walter Fleming, Laura Bowman, Lawrence Chenault

Votes: 109

12. The Girl from Chicago (1932)

70 min | Crime, Drama

An undercover government agent on a case in Mississipi meets and falls in love with a beautiful young woman who's being menaced by a local crime boss. He rescues the girl, and they leave ... See full summary »

Director: Oscar Micheaux | Stars: Carl Mahon, Starr Calloway, Alice B. Russell, Eunice Brooks

Votes: 113

13. The Emperor Jones (1933)

Not Rated | 72 min | Drama, Music

Unscrupulously ambitious Brutus Jones escapes from jail after killing a guard and through bluff and bravado finds himself the emperor of a Caribbean island.

Directors: Dudley Murphy, William C. de Mille | Stars: Paul Robeson, Dudley Digges, Frank H. Wilson, Fredi Washington

Votes: 788

15. Murder in Harlem (1935)

TV-G | 96 min | Mystery, Drama

A black night watchman at a chemical factory finds the body of a murdered white woman. After he reports it, he finds himself accused of the murder.

Directors: Oscar Micheaux, Clarence Williams | Stars: Clarence Brooks, Dorothy Van Engle, Andrew Bishop, Alec Lovejoy

Votes: 69

16. Sanders of the River (1935)

Not Rated | 85 min | Adventure, Drama, Music

British District Officer in Nigeria in the 1930's rules his area strictly but justly, and struggles with gun-runners and slavers with the aid of a loyal native chief.

Directors: Zoltan Korda, Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Paul Robeson, Leslie Banks, Nina Mae McKinney, Robert Cochran

Votes: 486

17. Song of Freedom (1936)

TV-PG | 66 min | Drama, Music

A black British dockworker named Johnny Zinga becomes a famous singer and learns that he is the rightful king of the African island of Casanga.

Director: J. Elder Wills | Stars: Paul Robeson, Elisabeth Welch, Esme Percy, Robert Adams

Votes: 272

18. Dark Manhattan (1937)

Approved | 70 min | Crime, Drama

A low-level gangster determines to let nothing stand in the way of his gaining control of the numbers rackets in Harlem.

Directors: Harry L. Fraser, Ralph Cooper | Stars: Ralph Cooper, Cleo Herndon, Clarence Brooks, Jess Lee Brooks

Votes: 39

19. Dark Sands (1937)

Not Rated | 77 min | Drama, Musical, Adventure

During WWI, action hero Robeson escapes an unjust death sentence to ramble around Arabia.

Director: Thornton Freeland | Stars: Paul Robeson, Henry Wilcoxon, Wallace Ford, Kouka

Votes: 212


20. Spirit of Youth (1938)

Approved | 66 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

The story of the rise of boxer Joe Thomas, which paralleled the life of Joe Louis.

Director: Harry L. Fraser | Stars: Joe Louis, Clarence Muse, Edna Mae Harris, Mae Turner

Votes: 107

21. Big Fella (1937)

73 min | Drama, Musical

In this musical comedy, Paul Robeson stars as Joe, a Marseilles docker hired by a wealthy English couple to find their missing son. When Joe finds him, he learns he escaped of his own will,... See full summary »

Director: J. Elder Wills | Stars: Paul Robeson, Elisabeth Welch, Roy Emerton, James Hayter

Votes: 88

22. Underworld (1937)

95 min | Crime, Drama

A young college student falls under the influence of a murderous gambler.

Director: Oscar Micheaux | Stars: Bee Freeman, Sol Johnson, 'Slick' Chester, Ethel Moses

Votes: 21

23. God's Step Children (1938)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

A young light-skinned Negress struggles to find her place in both the black and the white worlds.

Director: Oscar Micheaux | Stars: Jacqueline Lewis, Ethel Moses, Alice B. Russell, Trixie Smith

Votes: 66

24. Swing! (1938)

69 min | Musical, Drama

Ted Gregory is trying to be the first black producer to mount a show on Broadway, but he has trouble with his star singer.

Director: Oscar Micheaux | Stars: Cora Green, Larry Seymour, Hazel Diaz, Alec Lovejoy

Votes: 129

25. Two-Gun Man from Harlem (1938)

Approved | 65 min | Action, Drama, Music

A cowboy is wrongfully accused of murder. He winds up in Harlem, where he assumes the identity of a preacher-turned-gangster who looks like him. He infiltrates the gang to catch the men who... See full summary »

Director: Richard C. Kahn | Stars: Herb Jeffries, Marguerite Whitten, Clarence Brooks, Mantan Moreland

Votes: 134

26. The Duke Is Tops (1938)

Approved | 73 min | Musical

A theatrical producer puts aside his own success to boost the career of a talented singer.

Directors: William L. Nolte, Ralph Cooper | Stars: Ralph Cooper, Lena Horne, Laurence Criner, Monte Hawley

Votes: 301

27. Keep Punching (1939)

Approved | 81 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Henry Jackson, known as Little Dynamite, is a Golden Gloves champion, who agrees to turn professional when approached by fight manager Ed Watson, despite the opposition raised by his father... See full summary »

Director: John Clein | Stars: Henry Armstrong, Willie Bryant, Mae E. Johnson, Hamtree Harrington

Votes: 26

28. Gang Smashers (1938)

Approved | 70 min | Crime, Music

Undercover anti-gang agent works in a nightclub where a protection racket is headquartered.

Director: Leo C. Popkin | Stars: Nina Mae McKinney, Laurence Criner, Monte Hawley, Mantan Moreland

Votes: 26

29. Midnight Shadow (1939)

Approved | 54 min | Mystery

In a quiet, all-black Oklahoma community live the Wilsons, whose pretty daughter Margaret is courted by awkward Buster and suave stage mentalist Prince Alihabad. On one busy night, Mr. ... See full summary »

Director: George Randol | Stars: Frances Redd, Buck Woods, Richard Bates, Ollie Ann Robinson

Votes: 156

31. Lying Lips (1939)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama, Music

A nightclub singer refuses to "date" customers, so she's framed for the murder of her aunt, convicted of the killing and sent to prison. However, her friend, who is a police detective, ... See full summary »

Director: Oscar Micheaux | Stars: Edna Mae Harris, Carman Newsome, Robert Earl Jones, Frances E. Williams

Votes: 110

32. Moon Over Harlem (1939)

Not Rated | 69 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Musical numbers highlight this story of a wealthy widow who disowns her daughter after a new man enters her life.

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer | Stars: Buddy Harris, Cora Green, Izinetta Wilcox, Earl Gough

Votes: 157

33. Paradise in Harlem (1939)

85 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

Between swing and blues musical numbers, the story of comedian Lem Anderson, whose long-awaited chance to act dramatically vanishes when he witnesses a mob killing and is forced to leave ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Seiden | Stars: Frank H. Wilson, Mamie Smith, Norman Astwood, Edna Mae Harris

Votes: 88

34. Way Down South (1939)

Passed | 61 min | Action, Music

In the pre-Civil War South, a plantation owner dies and leaves all his possessions, including his slaves, to his young son. While the deceased treated his slaves decently, his corrupt ... See full summary »

Directors: Leslie Goodwins, Bernard Vorhaus | Stars: Bobby Breen, Alan Mowbray, Ralph Morgan, Steffi Duna

Votes: 178

35. Double Deal (1939)

Approved | 60 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Tommy McCoy and "Dude" Markey are both in love with Harlem singer/dancer Nita. Markey robs a jewelry store and turns the loot over to gang-boss Murray Howard. Later, Markey robs the safe, ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Dreifuss | Stars: Monte Hawley, Jeni Le Gon, Edward Thompson, Florence O'Brien

Votes: 27

36. The Bronze Buckaroo (1939)

Approved | 58 min | Action, Adventure, Music

Cowboy Bob Blake (Herbert Jeffries) and four friends ride to Arizona to help Betty Jackson (Artie Young), the sister of Bob's friend, Joe (Rollie Hardin), who has gone missing.

Director: Richard C. Kahn | Stars: Herb Jeffries, Lucius Brooks, Artie Young, F.E. Miller

Votes: 156

37. Harlem Rides the Range (1939)

56 min | Western

A cowboy and his sidekick try to help a homesteader from being cheated out of his property.

Director: Richard C. Kahn | Stars: Herb Jeffries, Lucius Brooks, F.E. Miller, Artie Young

Votes: 123

38. The Devil's Daughter (1939)

Approved | 52 min | Drama, Horror

Sylvia Walton returns from Harlem to take over a Jamaican plantation from her vindictive half-sister, amid the growing sound of drums.

Director: Arthur H. Leonard | Stars: Nina Mae McKinney, Jack Carter, Ida James, Hamtree Harrington

Votes: 243

39. Son of Ingagi (1940)

Passed | 70 min | Horror

A newlywed couple is visited by a strange old woman who harbors a secret about the young girl's father.

Director: Richard C. Kahn | Stars: Zack Williams, Laura Bowman, Alfred Grant, Daisy Bufford

Votes: 181

40. Mystery in Swing (1940)

Passed | 76 min | Action, Adventure, Music

In and around some great blues, swing and jazz music, a very unpopular band-leader. Prince Ellis, is killed in a Harlem nightclub, and, in and around some more great music, a detective ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Dreifuss | Stars: Monte Hawley, Marguerite Whitten, Tommie Moore, Edward Thompson

Votes: 67

41. Gang War (1940)

Approved | 63 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Two mobs fight for control of the jukebox racket.

Director: Leo C. Popkin | Stars: Ralph Cooper, Gladys Snyder, Reginald Fenderson, Laurence Criner

Votes: 92

42. Broken Strings (1942)

Approved | 60 min | Drama, Music

After noted violinist Arthur Williams suffers a hand injury which ends his playing career, his hopes are transferred to his son, who prefers swing music to classical.

Director: Bernard B. Ray | Stars: Clarence Muse, Sybil Lewis, William Washington, Tommie Moore

Votes: 85

44. The Proud Valley (1940)

Not Rated | 76 min | Drama, Music

In a Welsh coal mining valley, a young man with a beautiful singing voice is called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice when a pit disaster threatens.

Director: Pen Tennyson | Stars: Paul Robeson, Edward Chapman, Simon Lack, Rachel Thomas

Votes: 357

45. Lady Luck (1942)

Approved | 61 min | Comedy, Thriller

Two down-on-their luck friends suddenly hit the "jackpot" when they win the clothes, car and chauffeur of a rich man in a game of dice. They wind up in a sanitarium that's being used as an ... See full summary »

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Mantan Moreland, F.E. Miller, Maceo Bruce Sheffield, Arthur Ray

Votes: 114


46. Murder with Music (1941)

Not Rated | 59 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama