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The Black King (1932)


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  • Actors: A. B. DeComethiere, Vivianne Baber, Knolly Mitchell
  • Directors: Bud Pollard
  • Writers: Morris M. Levinson, Donald Heywood
  • Producers: Bud Pollard
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Synergy Ent
  • DVD Release Date: January 28, 2011
  • Run Time: 69 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004KZP812
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #745,472 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Black King (1932)" on IMDb

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A Mississippi Baptist church replaces its pastor with a new fast talking back-to-Africa advocate. The old pastor, saddened, dies of grief. Run out of town the fast talker moves on the Tulsa where he proclaims himself "The Emperor of the United States of Africa". He journeys first to Chicago and then to Harlem raising money along the way for the trip back to Africa. The movement flounders when he doesn't raise enough money nor is he welcome in Africa.

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Customer Reviews

Loved season one that I could stream so much that I bought season one.
Claire Robinson
That said, Henning Mankell's Wallander series are awesome, wonderful, tight, with good lighting, direction, editing, sound and acting.
C. Liston
Black nationalists and those familiar with Black history will not like this film.
Andre M.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Andre M. on November 20, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Black nationalists and those familiar with Black history will not like this film. Essentially, it's the tale of this con-artist named "Charcoal Johnson" who schemes poor and ignorant African-Americans into giving up their loot for a phony "Back to Africa" movement. This is, of course, a satirization of the Marcus garvey movement of the 1920s in which Garvey wanted to establish a Black settlement in Liberia akin to Israel for the Jewish people and was arrested for mail fraud. Today, most who are familiar with Garvey's story feel that Garvey was framed and he is now considered a hero. So this film, with it's porttrayal of Black leadership as imcompetent clowns, will ruffle some feathers.
It is interesting to note that going through some old African-American newspapers, Black audiences of 1932 actually enjoyed this film. It would be interesting to the what would happen now if you showed this at, say the Apollo Theater.
It would also be interesting to compare this to 1970s "Cotton Comes To Harlem," which had a similar theme with a contemporary spin.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Annie Van Auken TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 20, 2009
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"Race movies," a genre unique to the United States between 1915 and 1947, were quite popular with black Southern audiences and in Northern industrial cities that had large African American communities. After the successful legal desegregation of the film industry in 1948, this type of movie vanished, literally. Today, only a fifth of the original 500 race films still exist.

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"The Black King" - Bud Pollard directed this story of a Baptist minister who starts a "Back to Africa" movement, but is then accused of swindling money from his followers. This movie, made by a white-owned company, was billed as a satire on the life of Marcus Garvey, an early black separatist. (After a fraud conviction, Garvey was deported to Jamaica in 1925-- he is now recognized as a hero of that island nation.)

"Junction 88" is an all-black community where Lolly (Cooke) lives. She wants to marry unsuccessful songwriter Buster (Clark), but her father (Smith) has another, much cruder man named Onnie (Junior) in mind for son-in-law, as he can provide for Lolly. Appearing as themselves: Vaudeville comic Pigmeat Markham and ragtime composer Noble Sissle. Musical highlight is a jazzy church concert.

ALPHA VIDEO is a provider of vintage programming that's often unavailable elsewhere. Their prices are fair, but so is transfer quality of some of their offerings. None have undergone restoration, yet this product's rareness and an honest price make it a worthwhile purchase.

Also recommended:
The Harlem Double Feature GANG WAR/BROKEN STRINGS.

Parenthetical numbers preceding titles are 1 to 10 viewer poll ratings found at a film resource website.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ranger's Dad on November 13, 2013
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Another good Wallander. I'm really sorry that there are only two more that we haven't seen. This series is so much more "real" than most of the similar US made programs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patricia D on September 30, 2013
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I have become obsessed with this show. I have ordered the books because if the show is this good then the books must be awesome. It's real and puts the bbc version to shame.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen Sloey on May 14, 2013
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Wallander is the most interesting detective and multifaceted story lines. this sweedish version is better than the BBC version. Wish these were available on netflix
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ken Dahl on March 24, 2013
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Best combination of mystery, cop story, and artistic drama I've ever seen. Way better than Foyle's War, and almost up there with The Wire.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By srcpl on October 7, 2012
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We have seen all episodes Of Wallander, seasons 1 & 2 This is an excellent program, its too bad it could not be continued.
The acting was award winnig from the the entire cast. The subtitles did not detract from the plot and drama. Excellent performance by all.
We my wife & I were sadden to learn of the death of the acteress who played Linda Wallander in episode 1.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By marie compohi on August 6, 2012
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These 5 stars are for the item being available after all this time! The film quality is good- not perfect but you get your moneys worth. These entertainers are legends.!
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