Black Filmmaking in the 1920s: “The Melancholy Dame”

The character of Sappho Dill apparently didn’t play that mess and the 1920s afforded her that luxury. The decade was a time of great economic prosperity across all populations, and according to the U.S. Department of Labor, women constituted 21-25% of the workforce particularly in Northern states and in areas of the country where clerical work, factory work, and store clerk roles were available. Because working women had more autonomy to marry for love instead of survival, effectively divorce rates rose.

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.