Paul Robeson makes his screen debut in this silent masterwork by black independent director Oscar Micheaux. Set in a small Southern town, the film was a direct condemnation of the power of the clergy, with Robeson playing dual roles as a mild- mannered inventor and a crooked ex-convict who impersonates the town’s preacher. Directed by Oscar Micheaux. Running time: 102 minutes.
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