The Wages of Sin (1928)

Drama | 1928

Director:

Oscar Micheaux

Producer:

Oscar Micheaux

Production Company:

Micheaux Film Corp.
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HISTORY

Modern sources list the film's title as Wages of Sin and list the following additional cast members: Sylvia Birdsong, William A. Clayton, Jr., Katherine Noisette, Alice B. Russell, William Baker, Bessie Gibbens, Gertrude Snelson and Ethel ... More Less

Modern sources list the film's title as Wages of Sin and list the following additional cast members: Sylvia Birdsong, William A. Clayton, Jr., Katherine Noisette, Alice B. Russell, William Baker, Bessie Gibbens, Gertrude Snelson and Ethel Smith. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
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ChiDef
8 Dec 1928
p. 6.
New York Age
2 Feb 1929
p. 6.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
1928
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After his mother dies, African-American motion picture producer Winston Le Jaune returns to his home for the burial. His older sister reveals to him that their mother's dying wish was for him to take care of their younger brother, J. Lee, a ne'er-do-well who has shown himself to be a coward during World War I in France. After returning to the city, Winston sends for J. Lee and gives him a job in the company. J. Lee promptly steals money from the company, putting it into financial trouble, and spends it in cabarets and at wild parties, and on women. Winston fires his brother and is forced to make numerous trips to try to raise money for the company. While away, he meets and falls in love with a woman. They plan to marry, but she suddenly disappears. In Chicago, Winston meets J. Lee and offers him his job back. J. Lee now intentionally destroys the company and betrays his brother. [The only information regarding the conclusion of this film that has been found is that a new and unusual character is introduced at this point; the denouement involves thrills and heroism; and the ending is a happy ... +


After his mother dies, African-American motion picture producer Winston Le Jaune returns to his home for the burial. His older sister reveals to him that their mother's dying wish was for him to take care of their younger brother, J. Lee, a ne'er-do-well who has shown himself to be a coward during World War I in France. After returning to the city, Winston sends for J. Lee and gives him a job in the company. J. Lee promptly steals money from the company, putting it into financial trouble, and spends it in cabarets and at wild parties, and on women. Winston fires his brother and is forced to make numerous trips to try to raise money for the company. While away, he meets and falls in love with a woman. They plan to marry, but she suddenly disappears. In Chicago, Winston meets J. Lee and offers him his job back. J. Lee now intentionally destroys the company and betrays his brother. [The only information regarding the conclusion of this film that has been found is that a new and unusual character is introduced at this point; the denouement involves thrills and heroism; and the ending is a happy one.] +

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