BLACK FILMMAKING IN THE 1920s:   Oscar Micheaux’s “The Symbol of the Unconquered”

The movie begins with a dramatic scene. Dick Mason, an old Black prospector, lies on his death bed. His ridiculously light-skinned granddaughter and only surviving heir clinging to him, begging him to live on. Alas, old Dick meets his maker and poor, lonely Eve Mason (Iris Hall) leave Selmas, Alabama for Oristown, Missouri to claim the land her granddaddy left for her.

BLACK FILMMAKING IN THE 1910s:   “A Black Sherlock Holmes,” “A Reckless Rover,” and “Mercy, the Mummy Mumbled”

I watched three of Ebony Film Corporation’s projects that came after their staff change:  A Black Sherlock Holmes (1918), A Reckless Rover (1918), and Mercy, the Mummy Mumbled (1918). Each one starred Sam (Samuel) Robinson, an actor who was born in 1888 in Richmond, Virginia and died in Chicago in 1971 just 7 days shy of his 83rd birthday.