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The 27 Feb 1923 FD announced the film as “the first all-negro production.” It began a three-day engagement that week at the New Douglas Theatre in New York ... More Less

The 27 Feb 1923 FD announced the film as “the first all-negro production.” It began a three-day engagement that week at the New Douglas Theatre in New York City. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
27 Feb 1923
p. 4.
DETAILS
Release Date:
1 March 1923
Premiere Information:
New York opening: late February 1923
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Alfred Dubois and his charming secretary organize a film production company. Their first film is entitled The Hypocrite . All goes well with the production until Dubois must show his film to the censor board, which includes a delegation of preachers headed by the recalcitrant and conservative Christian P. Bently. Upon viewing the film, Bently expresses violent disapproval and persuades the censors to reject it. Dubois is persistent, though, and appeals to the board to screen the film for a less biased audience to decide if the sequence in question warrants the film's rejection. The film is projected as the new committee members look ... +


Alfred Dubois and his charming secretary organize a film production company. Their first film is entitled The Hypocrite . All goes well with the production until Dubois must show his film to the censor board, which includes a delegation of preachers headed by the recalcitrant and conservative Christian P. Bently. Upon viewing the film, Bently expresses violent disapproval and persuades the censors to reject it. Dubois is persistent, though, and appeals to the board to screen the film for a less biased audience to decide if the sequence in question warrants the film's rejection. The film is projected as the new committee members look on. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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