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This 1932 “race movie,” made for segregated black audiences, was written and directed by independent black pioneer Oscar Micheaux, who'd been an able filmmaker in the silent era but became mannerist and slapdash once he turned to talkies, consistently selecting terrible camera angles, extracting stridently false performances from his players, and apparently making up his scripts as he went along (on occasion he can be heard offscreen feeding lines to the actors). The muddled plot involves a Secret Service agent (Carl Mahon) courting a small-town schoolteacher while fighting the numbers racket.

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