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HISTORY

According to information in the George P. Johnson Collection at the UCLA Special Collections Library, this was the first release of The Afro-American Film Exhibitors Co. of Kansas City, Missouri. An advertisement called the film "the first Negro production ever made in Kansas City" and stated, "All the cast in this production are Kansas City Negroes. All the scenes were taken about the city." Charles H. Allen, the male lead, was the general manager and treasurer of the company. They planned a series of eight films that would be released in Central and South America, as well as in the U.S., and boasted of a distribution policy "that will enable it to overcome some of the difficulties usual to colored pictures." Their second release was to be called The Human Devil.
       An item in the 14 May 1922 [Kansas City, KS] Kansas City Kansan reported that a print of the film caught fire during a screening at Western University. The audience was evacuated, and only the film print was burned. ...

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According to information in the George P. Johnson Collection at the UCLA Special Collections Library, this was the first release of The Afro-American Film Exhibitors Co. of Kansas City, Missouri. An advertisement called the film "the first Negro production ever made in Kansas City" and stated, "All the cast in this production are Kansas City Negroes. All the scenes were taken about the city." Charles H. Allen, the male lead, was the general manager and treasurer of the company. They planned a series of eight films that would be released in Central and South America, as well as in the U.S., and boasted of a distribution policy "that will enable it to overcome some of the difficulties usual to colored pictures." Their second release was to be called The Human Devil.
       An item in the 14 May 1922 [Kansas City, KS] Kansas City Kansan reported that a print of the film caught fire during a screening at Western University. The audience was evacuated, and only the film print was burned.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Chicago Defender
20 May 1922
p. 7
Kansas City Kansan [Kansas City, KS]
14 May 1922
p. 19
DETAILS
Release Date:
1921
Premiere Information:
Kansas City, KS, opening: 21 Aug 1921
Production Date:

Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

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GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
African American


Subject
Subject (Major):

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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