The Conjure Woman (1926)

Melodrama | 19 July 1926

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HISTORY

The Conjure Woman is based on Charles W. Chestnutt’s 1899 book of the same name. An announcement of the "South Atlantic premiere opening" in the 18 Sep 1926 issue of The Afro American listed the title as simply Conjure Woman. An item in the 18 Apr 1925 [Baltimore, MD] Afro-American listed the script as one of four Micheaux Film Company properties that were ready to shoot. The item quoted C. Tiffany Tolliver, a Roanoke, VA-based real estate agent and theater owner who was working with Micheaux on these films. Exterior scenes for The Conjure Woman were set to be filmed on the Norfolk, VA, waterfront. Filming might also have been planned at Micheaux’s studio facility in Roanoke.
       The 24 Jul 1926 Pittsburgh Courier announced that the film would open at the Lafayette Theatre that week. A Newport News, VA, opening was scheduled to follow on 21 Aug 1926 at Scott’s Lyric Theatre, according to the 15 Aug 1926 [Newport News, VA] Daily Courier. An announcement of the film's 23 Sep 1926 "South Atlantic premiere opening," in the 18 Sep 1926 issue of the [Baltimore, MD] Afro American, listed the title as simply Conjure Woman.
       Lead actress Evelyn Preer was a frequent collaborator of Oscar Micheaux’s. She had previously appeared in his films, The Homesteader (1919), The Brute (1920), Within Our Gates, The Gunsaulus Mystery (1921), Deceit (1923), Birthright (1924), and The Devil’s Disciple (1925, see entries), as noted in the 16 Apr 1927 Pittsburgh ...

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The Conjure Woman is based on Charles W. Chestnutt’s 1899 book of the same name. An announcement of the "South Atlantic premiere opening" in the 18 Sep 1926 issue of The Afro American listed the title as simply Conjure Woman. An item in the 18 Apr 1925 [Baltimore, MD] Afro-American listed the script as one of four Micheaux Film Company properties that were ready to shoot. The item quoted C. Tiffany Tolliver, a Roanoke, VA-based real estate agent and theater owner who was working with Micheaux on these films. Exterior scenes for The Conjure Woman were set to be filmed on the Norfolk, VA, waterfront. Filming might also have been planned at Micheaux’s studio facility in Roanoke.
       The 24 Jul 1926 Pittsburgh Courier announced that the film would open at the Lafayette Theatre that week. A Newport News, VA, opening was scheduled to follow on 21 Aug 1926 at Scott’s Lyric Theatre, according to the 15 Aug 1926 [Newport News, VA] Daily Courier. An announcement of the film's 23 Sep 1926 "South Atlantic premiere opening," in the 18 Sep 1926 issue of the [Baltimore, MD] Afro American, listed the title as simply Conjure Woman.
       Lead actress Evelyn Preer was a frequent collaborator of Oscar Micheaux’s. She had previously appeared in his films, The Homesteader (1919), The Brute (1920), Within Our Gates, The Gunsaulus Mystery (1921), Deceit (1923), Birthright (1924), and The Devil’s Disciple (1925, see entries), as noted in the 16 Apr 1927 Pittsburgh Courier.
       For more information on Oscar Micheaux’s films, see The Homesteader (1919) and The Wages of Sin (1928).

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
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DATE
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Afro American (Baltimore, MD)
18 Sep 1926
p. 6
Afro-American [Baltimore, MD]
18 Apr 1925
p. 5
Daily Press [Newport News, VA]
15 Aug 1926
p. 20
Daily Press [Newport News, VA]
21 Aug 1926
p. 6
New York Amsterdam
14 Jul 1926
p. 10
New York Amsterdam News
14 Jul 1926
p. 11
Pittsburgh Courier
24 Jul 1926
p. 9
Pittsburgh Courier
16 Apr 1927
Section II, p. 1
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LITERARY
Based on Charles W. Chestnutt's book, The Conjure Woman (Cambridge, 1899).
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DETAILS
Release Date:
19 July 1926
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 19 Jul 1926 at the Lafayette Theater; Pittsburgh, PA, opening: week of 24 Jul 1926; Washington, D.C., opening: 23 Sep 1926
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Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
gauge
35mm
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

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